Seminar: Understanding Collective Action: The Role of System Justification and Emotional Processes

Date: 
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Speaker: 
Nevin Solak, Postdoctoral Researcher

Understanding Collective Action:

The Role of System Justification and Emotional Processes

Nevin Solak

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

The Hebrew University

 

Collective action is one of the major tools of social change, and therefore of great importance for psychologists and policy-makers. A growing body of research on collective action has attempted to address the question “what are the social psychological factors that lead people to engage in collective action?” (e.g., van Zomeren & Iyer, 2009). However, in real-world settings, collective actions are rare, and even individuals who recognize that they are treated unfairly do not join them.  Drawing on system justification theory (Jost, Banaji, & Nosek, 2004), in the current talk, I will flip the question by asking “what are the social psychological factors that lead people not to engage in collective action?”  I will try to address this question with a particular emphasis on emotional processes, which play a pivotal role in determining individuals’ attitudes, motivations, and behaviors in socio-political contexts (Halperin, 2016; Tamir, 2015). In my talk, I will focus on the role of emotional processes in shaping the links between collective action and system justification. First, I will focus on emotional experiences. Second, I will discuss emotional preferences. Third, I will examine the role of emotion regulation. Fourth, I will investigate emotional expression. Throughout my talk, I will provide empirical evidence for my theoretical propositions and demonstrate their implications in shaping collective action in and outside the laboratory. I will end my talk by highlighting several future research directions.

 


 Date: 14.04.2016

 Time: 15:30

 Place: Psychology Building Seminar Room