Extreme Activism? Psychological Determinants of Protest Behavior
Research shows that the ways citizens become part of the political decision-making process in contemporary democracies have changed during the last decades. So called protest activity, including demonstrations, boycotts and signing petitions, has replaced more institutionalized forms of participation, such as party activity.
The general aim of this project is to explain why individuals protest. To answer questions of why individuals join collective action activities, we draw on the political science literature on participation and on the literature in the fields of social, personality, and cognitive psychology. We thereby combine and make contributions to different disciplinary fields.
To evaluate our hypotheses we perform a series of studies, including a survey and lab experiments.
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Researchers on the project
Hanna Bäck, project leader
- Emma Bäck, department of Psychology, Lund University, Emma.Back [at] psy.lu.se
- Henry Montgomery, department of Psychology, Stockholm University, hmy [at] psychology.su.se
- Knapton, Holly, Hanna Bäck & Emma Bäck. (Forthcoming). “The Social Activist: Conformity to the Ingroup Following Rejection as a Prediction of Political Participation”. Accepted in Social Influence.
- Knapton, Holly. 2014. “The Recruitment and Radicalisation of Western Citizens: Does Ostracism Have a Role in Homegrown Terrorism?”. Journal of European Psychology Students 5: 38-48.
- Bäck, Emma, Hanna Bäck & Gema Garcia-Albacete. 2013. “Protest Activity, Social Incentives and Rejection Sensitivity: Results From a Survey Experiment about Tuition Fees”. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest 1: 1–15.
- Bäck, Emma, Hanna Bäck, Henry Montgomery & Felix Funck. 2013. “Åsikter och engagemang i samhällsfrågor. Resultat från en webbundersökning”. Psykologiska rapporter från Lund vol. 6, nr. 1.