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"We must be the change we want to see in the world":integrating norms and identities through social interaction


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Smith, L. G. E., Thomas, E. F. and McGarty, C., 2015. "We must be the change we want to see in the world":integrating norms and identities through social interaction. Political Psychology, 36 (5), pp. 543-557.

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    Abstract

    In this article, we propose a social psychological mechanism for the formation of new social change movements. Here, we argue that social change follows the emergence of shared injunctive social norms that define new collective identities, and we systematically spell out the nature of the processes through which this comes about. We propose that these norms and identities are created and negotiated through validating communication about a normative conflict; resulting in an identity-norm nexus (INN), whereby people become the change they want to see in the world. We suggest that injunctive norms are routinely negotiated, validated, and integrated with shared identity in order to create the potential to effect change in the world. Norms and identities need not be integrated or connected in this way, but the power of social actors to form new social movements to bring about sociopolitical change will tend to be severely limited unless they can bring about the integration of identity and action.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsSmith, L. G. E., Thomas, E. F. and McGarty, C.
    DOI10.1111/pops.12180
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    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
    Publisher StatementSmith_Thomas_McGarty_2015.pdf: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Smith, L. G. E., Thomas, E. F., & McGarty, C. (2015). "We must be the change we want to see in the world": integrating norms and identities through social interaction. Political Psychology, 36(5), 543-557], which has been published in final form at [http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pops.12180]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code36975

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