Bridging micro, meso, and macro processes in social psychology

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519, Carriere, K.R. and Moghaddam, F.M., 2016. Bridging micro, meso, and macro processes in social psychology. In: J. Valsiner, G. Marsico, N. Chaudhary, T. Sato and V. Dazzani, eds., Psychology as the science of human being. Annals of theoretical psychology (13). Cham: Springer, pp. 265-276. ISBN 9783319210933

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In this chapter, we argue that a multilevel analysis of social psychological phenomena, which acknowledges cognition and behavior at macro, meso, and micro levels and the interrelations between them, is necessary. We propose a theoretical synthesis of Identity Process Theory and Social Representations Theory as one way of integrating the three prime levels of analysis and of providing an analysis that is social psychological in essence. We discuss how symbols interact with human identity in the context of the Islamic Veil and the Confederate Flag, and how human rights and duties are communicated and processed in societies. We argue that social representations, or cultural carriers, are continually being transformed, as individuals and groups compete to make their own meaning systems dominant in interpersonal, intergroup, and societal relationships.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Jaspal, R., Carriere, K.R. and Moghaddam, F.M.
Publisher: Springer
Place of Publication: Cham
Date: 2016
Number: 13
ISBN: 9783319210933
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 09 Apr 2020 10:10
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2020 10:10

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