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Aligning identities, emotions and beliefs to create commitment to sustainable social and political action

Thomas, Emma; McGarty, Craig; Mavor, Kenneth

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In this article the authors explore the social psychological processes underpinning sustainable commitment to a social or political cause. Drawing on recent developments in the collective action, identity formation, and social norm literatures, they advance a new model to understand sustainable commitment to action. The normative alignment model suggests that one solution to promoting ongoing commitment to collective action lies in crafting a social identity with a relevant pattern of norms for...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorThomas, Emma
dc.contributor.authorMcGarty, Craig
dc.contributor.authorMavor, Kenneth
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:31:19Z
dc.identifier.issn1088-8683
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/22721
dc.description.abstractIn this article the authors explore the social psychological processes underpinning sustainable commitment to a social or political cause. Drawing on recent developments in the collective action, identity formation, and social norm literatures, they advance a new model to understand sustainable commitment to action. The normative alignment model suggests that one solution to promoting ongoing commitment to collective action lies in crafting a social identity with a relevant pattern of norms for emotion, efficacy, and action. Rather than viewing group emotion, collective efficacy, and action as group products, the authors conceptualize norms about these as contributing to a dynamic system of meaning, which can shape ongoing commitment to a cause. By exploring emotion, efficacy, and action as group norms, it allows scholars to reenergize the theoretical connections between collective identification and subjective meaning but also allows for a fresh perspective on complex questions of causality.
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.sourcePersonality and Social Psychology Review
dc.subjectKeywords: article; behavior; cultural anthropology; decision making; emotion; group process; human; motivation; politics; psychological model; self concept; social behavior; social change; social justice; social psychology; Culture; Emotions; Group Processes; Human Emotion; Group processes; Norms; Social identity; Social roles
dc.titleAligning identities, emotions and beliefs to create commitment to sustainable social and political action
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume13
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor170113 - Social and Community Psychology
local.identifier.ariespublicationU4081600xPUB23
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationThomas, Emma, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMcGarty, Craig, Murdoch University
local.contributor.affiliationMavor, Kenneth, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage194
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage218
local.identifier.doi10.1177/1088868309341563
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:34:31Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-70349197677
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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