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dc.contributor.authorHopkins, Nick
dc.contributor.authorReicher, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorStevenson, Clifford
dc.contributor.authorPandey, Kavita
dc.contributor.authorShankar, Shail
dc.contributor.authorTewari, Shruti
dc.identifier.citationHopkins , N , Reicher , S , Stevenson , C , Pandey , K , Shankar , S & Tewari , S 2019 , ' Social relations in crowds : recognition, validation and solidarity ' , European Journal of Social Psychology , vol. Early View .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 259473300
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 9bbab75c-2be0-4b4e-b3b3-920bfe6ff0a9
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:0EB61D75B99C262D2D567B7D267E2127
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85067338852
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000486513900013
dc.descriptionThe authors wish to acknowledge the financial support of the ESRC (Grant # RES‐062‐23‐1449).en
dc.description.abstractSocial identity research on crowds demonstrates how cognitive self-definition as a crowd member results in conformity to identity-relevant norms. Rather less research has addressed the social-relational changes within a crowd and how these impact collective experience positively. The present study investigates these processes at a month-long mass gathering in India. Analysis of 37 interviews with participants attending the annual Magh Mela pilgrimage evidences the concept of shared identity as underpinning their understanding of this mass gathering. Moreover, a theoretically derived thematic analysis of these interviews shows the value of the analytic concepts of recognition, validation, and solidarity in illuminating the ways in which social relations in the crowd were experienced and contributed to the experience of the event. Through exploring the multi-dimensional nature of relational connectedness in crowds we contribute to an understanding of crowd experience and group processes.
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dc.subjectSocial identityen
dc.subjectMass gatheringsen
dc.subjectRelational transformationen
dc.subjectCollective experienceen
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.titleSocial relations in crowds : recognition, validation and solidarityen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Research into Equality, Diversity & Inclusionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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