Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory

Contemporary Global Perspectives

  • Shelley McKeown
  • Reeshma Haji
  • Neil Ferguson

Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Theoretical and Contemporary Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael A. Hogg
      Pages 3-17
    3. Sofia Stathi, Claudia Roscini
      Pages 55-69
    4. Stephen Reicher, S. Alexander Haslam, Michael Platow, Nik Steffens
      Pages 71-87
    5. Stephen T. La Macchia, Winnifred R. Louis
      Pages 89-104
    6. Rebekah A. Phillips DeZalia, Scott L. Moeschberger
      Pages 121-134
    7. Orla T. Muldoon, Robert D. Lowe, Katharina Schmid
      Pages 135-144
    8. Mark A. Ferguson, Rachel I. McDonald, Nyla R. Branscombe
      Pages 145-164
  3. Worldwide Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Ines Meyer, Kevin Durrheim, Don Foster
      Pages 167-184
    3. Grace Lapwoch, Kennedy Amone-P’Olak
      Pages 185-198
    4. Sigrun Marie Moss
      Pages 199-213
    5. Neil Ferguson, Shelley McKeown
      Pages 215-227
    6. Charis Psaltis, Huseyin Cakal
      Pages 229-244
    7. Richard N. Lalonde, Jorida Cila, Maya Yampolsky
      Pages 261-276
    8. Roberto González, Monica M. Gerber, Héctor Carvacho
      Pages 277-294
    9. Shelley McKeown, Neil Ferguson, Reeshma Haji
      Pages 367-373
  4. Grace Lapwoch, Kennedy Amone-P’Olak
    Pages E1-E1
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 375-387

About this book


This volume brings together perspectives on social identity and peace psychology to explore the role that categorization plays in both conflict and peace-building. To do so, it draws leading scholars from across the world in a comprehensive exploration of social identity theory and its application to some of the world’s most pressing problems, such as intrastate conflict, uprising in the middle east, the refugee crisis, global warming,  racism and peace building. A crucial theme of the volume is that social identity theory affects all of us, no matter whether we are currently in a state of conflict or one further along in the peace process.  

The volume is organized into two sections. Section 1 focuses on the development of social identity theory. Grounded in the pioneering work of Dr. Henri Tajfel, section 1 provides the reader with a historical background of the theory, as well as its current developments. Then, section 2 brings together a series of country case studies focusing on issues of identity across five continents.  This section enables cross-cultural comparisons in terms of methodology and findings, and encourages the reader to identify general applications of identity to the understanding of peace as well as applications that may be more relevant in specific contexts. Taken together, these two sections provide a contemporary and diverse account of the state of social identity research in conflict situations and peace psychology today.

 It is evident that any account of peace requires an intricate understanding of identity both as a cause and consequence of conflict, as well as a potential resource to be harnessed in the promotion and maintenance of peace. Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory: Contemporary Global Perspectives aims to help achieve such an understanding and as such is a valuable resource to those studying peace and conflict, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, public policy makers, and all those interested in the ways in which social identity impacts our world.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Shelley McKeown
    • 1
  • Reeshma Haji
    • 2
  • Neil Ferguson
    • 3
  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationUniversity of BristolBristolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyLaurentian UniversityBarrieCanada
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyLiverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-29867-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-29869-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-5779
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-5787
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