Crowd behaviour and collective action

La Macchia, Stephen T. and Louis, Winnifred R. 2016, Crowd behaviour and collective action. In McKeown, Shelley, Haji, Reeshma and Ferguson, Neil (ed), Understanding peace and conflict through social identity theory: contemporary global perspectives, Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, pp.89-104, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-29869-6_6.

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Title Crowd behaviour and collective action
Author(s) La Macchia, Stephen T.ORCID iD for La Macchia, Stephen T.
Louis, Winnifred R.
Title of book Understanding peace and conflict through social identity theory: contemporary global perspectives
Editor(s) McKeown, Shelley
Haji, Reeshma
Ferguson, Neil
Publication date 2016
Series Peace psychology book series
Chapter number 6
Total chapters 23
Start page 89
End page 104
Total pages 16
Publisher Springer International Publishing
Place of Publication Cham, Switzerland
Keyword(s) psychology
social identification
social movements
theoretical integration
Summary Crowd behaviour and collective action are integral to historical and political developments; they are the hands that turn the wheels of conflict and peace and propel societal change. Crowds engaging in collective action are the very embodiment of mass political mobilisation, as seen in countless examples from the Arab Spring to the Occupy movements to European anti-austerity rallies. In this chapter, we examine the contribution of social identity theory to understanding crowd behaviour and collective action, and discuss possibilities for continued theoretical integration and promoting social change. We first discuss competing theories of crowd behaviour, showing how those based on the social identity approach have progressed our understanding. We also discuss how the application of such an approach to understanding specific riot events has led to a conceptual and theoretical synthesis of collective action and crowd behaviour. We then examine social identity explanations of collective action more broadly, before analysing the apparent disconnect between established models of crowd behaviour and those of collective action, with a view to theoretical integration. Finally, we address the role of social identity in peace and conflict more broadly, and discuss future directions in this area of research.
ISBN 3319298690
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-29869-6_6
Field of Research 1505 Marketing
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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