'Stretching the elastic' : Anti-war and pacifist activist representations of war, peace and social change

O'Dwyer, Emma and Beascoechea Segui, Neus (2016) 'Stretching the elastic' : Anti-war and pacifist activist representations of war, peace and social change. In: The 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology : The Good Society : Prospects for Reason, Communication, and Well-Being; 13-16 Jul 2016, Warsaw, Poland. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

A large body of research has utilised social representations theory (Moscovici, 1961/76) to explore the ways in which people conceptualise and understand war and peace in a variety of contexts (e.g. O’Dwyer, Lyons & Cohrs, 2016; Sarrica & Contarello, 2004). Meta-representations, defined as the particular understandings which we attribute to others, have been put forward as central to the process of social change (Elcheroth, Doise & Reicher, 2011). This study used interview data with peace activists in the United Kingdom to explore lay understandings of social change. It examined the strategies they used to counter dominant representations of war (e.g. as inevitable or as abstract or impossible to challenge), encourage alternative representations and foster war-critical attitudes among other groups in society.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Event Title: The 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology : The Good Society : Prospects for Reason, Communication, and Well-Being
Organising Body: International Society of Political Psychology
Research Area: Psychology
Sociology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology (from November 2012)
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Depositing User: Emma O'Dwyer
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2017 10:28
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 12:22
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/35634

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