Blog Archives

Escape to Limbo, and how refugees help each other

By Khalifah Alfadhli. Every year on June 20th (World Refugee Day), UNHCR updates their report on “global trends of forced displacement”. This shows how, in one year (2014/2015), five million people lost their homes  and joined the diaspora nation that reached

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The life-changing experience of participation in collective action

By Sara Vestergren. Since Donald Trump became the president-elect last week, people in the USA have taken to the streets, demonstrating for days to show their discontent, possibly even attempting to change society. The aim for most protests and collective

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What is the role of shared identities in the aftermath of floods?

By Evangelos Ntontis. As a PhD student at the School of Psychology of Sussex University, I recently had the honour of winning the 2016 PhD poster conference. Of course winning is accompanied with writing a blog for the School’s website,

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Southern Rail and the psychology of crowd safety

By John Drury. I was asked today to appear on BBC Radio to comment on a report from the Association of British Commuters which described the recent experiences of passengers on Southern Rail trains and platforms. These testimonies painted a

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Constructing nationhood: “Citizens of nowhere” vs “#WeAreScotland”

By Anne Templeton and Sara Vestergren. At the Conservative Party conference, in a bid to persuade employers to prioritise hiring British workers, Home Secretary Amber Rudd advised that changes were needed to stop non-British citizens from potentially “taking jobs that

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Normalising the abnormal: Pokémon GO

By Sara Vestergren and Anne Templeton. The phenomenon of Pokémon GO has caused crowds to congregate in areas clutching their phones and shouting about rare Pokémon. Pokémon GO players’ behaviour has been compared to that of zombies, which for those

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How the Brexit vote empowered xenophobes and racists

Social media users and news sources have reported a spate of racist and xenophobic incidents in the UK in the days immediately following the EU referendum result. These include anti-Polish graffiti, people being told ‘go back to your country’ in

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ما بعد السلوك المعدي: تفسير التأثير اللاإرادي

تناولت مقالة حديثة حول تصويت خروج بريطانيا من الاتحاد الأوربي خوف الحكومة أن يؤدي هذا إلى “عدوى الاستفتاء “referendum contagion“. يشير مصطلح “العدوى” هنا ليس فقط إلى إنتشار السلوك بسرعة وإنما أيضا إلى أن الانتشار غير مرغوب ولا يمكن التحكم

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لماذا ينضمون لداعش؟ علم النفس الاجتماعي يجيب

بقلم: إيفانجلوس دودس   الحرب الأهلية السورية وظهور داعش والقصف الغربي لسوريا الذي أدى لنزوح الكثيرين عن بيوتهم وتحولهم للاجئين طلبا للنجاة, بالإضافة إلى هجمات باريس في نوفمبر ٢٠١٥ كل ذلك أدى لظهور خطاب سياسي يريد إظهار كل المسلمين كإرهابيين.

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Mind the (identity) gap

By Evangelos Ntontis and Anne Templeton  Conventionally in the London Underground, people standing stay on the right side of the escalators, while people who walk use the left side of them. However, Transport for London (TfL) recently conducted some experimental

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