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Societies Under Threat

A Pluri-Disciplinary Approach

  • Denise Jodelet
  • Jorge Vala
  • Ewa Drozda-Senkowska

Part of the Frontiers in Sociology and Social Research book series (FSSR, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Denise Jodelet, Jorge Vala, Ewa Drozda-Senkowska
    Pages 1-10
  3. Thinking Threats: Opening Views on Phenomena and Social Processes

  4. Building Threats: Cultures, Groups, and Identities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Sabine Caillaud, Virginie Bonnot, Silvia Krauth-Gruber
      Pages 87-99
    3. Jorge Vala, Cícero Roberto Pereira
      Pages 127-140
  5. Confronting Threats in the Public Sphere: Refusal, Change, Action

About this book


This book illuminates the importance of threat on the representation of everyday life, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Divided into three parts, the book sets out by addressing the conceptual aspects of threat and by opening views  on phenomena and social processes associated with threat. It shows how  threat constitutes an analytical category that simultaneously involves social, psychological, religious, historical and political factors, and calls for a sufficiently broad conceptual definition to integrate pluri-disciplinary contributions. The second part focuses on the building of threats, mainly the environmental threats that have reached a tragic dimension today and are a core aspect of world concerns, the contemporary global terrorism, the migrations and the challenges these bring to contemporary societies, as well as the threats associated with the emergence of nationalism and the diverse aspects of excluding the Other. The final part examines the coping strategies, including oblivion, denial and defiance associated with different sources of threats, for instance those arising from epidemic and collective diseases, financial technology, natural disasters and collective traumas.


Social Meanings of Threats Social Psychological Processes Creating Threat from Risk Notion of Threat in the Public Sphere Collective Emotional Experiences on Threats Global Terrorism Migrants and Refugees as Threats Disclosure of Minority Groups Intimate Relationships and the AIDS Threat Risk and Threats of Climate Change Threats of Financial Technology Controlling Threats Potentialization of Threats Environmental Threats for Society Coping with Threats in the Public Sphere

Editors and affiliations

  • Denise Jodelet
    • 1
  • Jorge Vala
    • 2
  • Ewa Drozda-Senkowska
    • 3
  1. 1.Directeur d’Etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences SocialesParisFrance
  2. 2.Instituto de Ciências SociaisUniversity of LisboaLisboaPortugal
  3. 3.Laboratoire de Psychology SocialeUniversity of ParisParisFrance

About the editors

Denise Jodelet, Docteur d’Etat in Social Psychology, Directeur d’Etudes at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and member of the Foundation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme has taken the direction of the Laboratoire de Psychologie sociale of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales after its founder, Serge Moscovici. Specialized in the study of Social Representations she has directed various programs of research and doctoral thesis (particularly in the domains of environment, health, memory, education). She has published many books and articles, of theoretical and empirical nature, on social representations, pointing particularly on the fields of madness and mental health, body, health, environment, collective memory and social threats). She is currently oriented towards meaning construction and transmission through art and religion, giving attention to the imaginary dimension of social representations. Her work has led her to establish stretch collaborative relations with diverse universities in Europe, Latin and South America, Asia and Africa. Responding to Serge Moscovici’s desire to give continuity to the international network animated in the Laboratoire Européen de Psychologie Sociale, she has founded and his the President of the “Réseau Mondial Serge Moscovici” (REMOSCO) at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris.

Jorge Vala, PhD in Social Psychology, is an Emeritus Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS)/University of Lisbon. Jorge Vala is a former Director of the Institute for Social Sciences from the University of Lisbon and he was the National Coordinator of the European Social Survey (ESFRI). At ICS, his research focus on socio-cognitive processes, namely in the field of social representations and ideologies, social norms and social identities. His present projects articulate these processes with the study of racism and prejudice, migration issues, social threats, political attitudes, social justice, and validation of everyday knowledge.

Ewa Drozda-Senkowska, is Professor of Social Psychology in the University of Paris where she has been the Director of the Laboratory of Social Psychology and where she was  the Director of the Institute of Psychology. She created a laboratory for the study of social threats at its University. She has coordinated several works on collective irrationalities, the pitfalls of reasoning and  psychology of anticipation. She authored several books, chapters and scientific papers focusing on group behaviour and, the more recent ones, on social threats.

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