The experience of collective participation : shared identity, relatedness and emotionality
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This paper presents three studies that explore the experience of participating in crowd events. Analysis of semi-structured interviews with football supporters and student demonstrators is used to illustrate the role that shared identity plays in transforming within-crowd social relations (relatedness), and the positive impact this has upon emotionality of collective experience. Questionnaire data collected at a music festival are then used to confirm these claims. The paper argues for a conceptual distinction between shared identity and self-categorisation, and against the contention in classic crowd psychology that a loss of identity is at the root of collective emotion. It concludes by suggesting avenues for future research, including the potential role for collective experience in encouraging future co-action.
Neville , F G & Reicher , S D 2011 , ' The experience of collective participation : shared identity, relatedness and emotionality ' Contemporary Social Science , vol 6 , no. 3 , pp. 377-396 . DOI: 10.1080/21582041.2012.627277
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Copyright 2011 Academy of Social Sciences. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences on 17/11/2011, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21582041.2012.627277
This research was supported by an ESRC Postgraduate Studentship (PTA-030-2006-00100) awarded to the first author.
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