We would like to thank all the contributors for their hard work, patience, and enthusiasm throughout the process of putting this volume together. We would also like to thank our colleagues who kindly provided useful feedback on the articles: Naomi Ellemers, John Drury, Matthew Hornsey, Jolanda Jetten, Winnifred Louis, Joanne Smith, and members of the JSI Editorial Board.
Introduction to the Social and Psychological Dynamics of Collective Action
Article first published online: 2 NOV 2009
© 2009 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 65, Issue 4, pages 645–660, December 2009
How to Cite
Van Zomeren, M. and Iyer, A. (2009), Introduction to the Social and Psychological Dynamics of Collective Action. Journal of Social Issues, 65: 645–660. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2009.01618.x
- Issue published online: 2 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 2 NOV 2009
Collective action is one of the core mechanisms of social change, and thus of major importance to social scientists, practitioners, and policy-makers. Our goal in editing this issue is to bring together recent advances on the social and psychological dynamics of collective action among members of disadvantaged as well as advantaged groups. This article introduces the contributions to this issue after a brief review of the major psychological perspectives on collective action (social identity, relative deprivation, and resource mobilization theories), and a discussion of the considerable diversity in collective action research in terms of contexts, populations, and measures. We hope that this issue contributes to a more multi-faceted and integrative understanding of the social and psychological dynamics of collective action in terms of theory, research, policy, and practice.