The Social Developmental Construction of Violence and Intergroup Conflict

  • Jorge Vala
  • Sven Waldzus
  • Maria Manuela Calheiros

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Power, Self and Intergroup Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ana Guinote, Alice Cai
      Pages 3-33
    3. Joana Alexandre, Miriam Rosa, Sven Waldzus
      Pages 55-82
  3. Social Construction of Identities and Social Categories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Jacques-Philippe Leyens, Jorge Vala
      Pages 85-104
    3. Sam Gaertner, Rita Guerra, Margarida Rebelo, John Dovidio, Erick Hehman, Mathew Deegan
      Pages 105-120
  4. Social Developmental Processes of Violence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Patrícia Arriaga, Dolf Zillmann, Francisco Esteves
      Pages 171-195
    3. João. H. C. António, Rita Correia, Allard R. Feddes, Rita Morais
      Pages 197-218

About this book


This book describes how the violent dimension of intergroup relations can be better understood if the interplay between psychological and social-developmental factors is taken into account. Ten unique, innovative and original chapters by international scholars of social and developmental psychology address the way how social reality is constructed as a hierarchical order, and how social norms, beliefs and cognitive-behavioral patterns are learned, shared and repeatedly processed on how to uphold or challenge this social order. The volume covers diverse issues such as the effects (or lack thereof) of power and violent video games on people’s thinking and behavior, the acquisition of social norms and attitudes during childhood, minorities’ identity management strategies, the role of mothers’ educational beliefs and the impact of ideologies. This volume is inspired by the oeuvre of Maria Benedicta Monteiro, emphasizing the psychogenetic and sociogenic diacronies that are too often neglected by the predominantly synchronic paradigm of social psychology.  It is therefore an indispensable reading for researchers and advanced students in social, community and developmental psychology, for scientifically interested practitioners working with families, school contexts or intergroup conflict, and for everyone interested in the expanding field of the social developmental approaches to attitudes and behaviour.


Interpersonal and Intergroup Relations Intergroup Discrimination Violence Psychosocial Processes Socio-developmental Perspective Social Inequality and Power

Editors and affiliations

  • Jorge Vala
    • 1
  • Sven Waldzus
    • 2
  • Maria Manuela Calheiros
    • 3
  1. 1.Universidade de LisboaInstituto de Ciências Sociais (ICS-UL) Universidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.CIS -IULInstituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)LisbonPortugal
  3. 3.CIS -IULInstituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)LisbonPortugal

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