Social relations in crowds: recognition, validation and solidarity

Hopkins, N., Reicher, S., Stevenson, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2438-6425, Pandey, K., Shankar, S. and Tewari, S., 2019. Social relations in crowds: recognition, validation and solidarity. European Journal of Social Psychology, 49 (6), pp. 1283-1297. ISSN 0046-2772

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Abstract

Social identity research on crowds demonstrates how cognitive self-definition as a crowd member results in conformity to identity-relevant norms. Less research addresses the social-relational changes within a crowd and how these impact collective experience positively. The present study investigates these processes at a month-long mass gathering in India. Analysis of 37 interviews with participants attending the annual Magh Mela pilgrimage evidences the concept of shared identity as underpinning their understanding of this mass gathering. Moreover, a theoretically-derived thematic analysis of these interviews shows the value of the analytic concepts of recognition, validation, and solidarity in illuminating the ways in which social relations in the crowd were experienced and contributed to the experience of the event. Through exploring the multi-dimensional nature of relational connectedness in crowds we contribute to an understanding of crowd experience and group processes.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: European Journal of Social Psychology
Creators: Hopkins, N., Reicher, S., Stevenson, C., Pandey, K., Shankar, S. and Tewari, S.
Publisher: John Wiley
Date: October 2019
Volume: 49
Number: 6
ISSN: 0046-2772
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1002/ejsp.2586DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 21 Mar 2019 15:30
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2020 03:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36126

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