Social Psychologist John Drury to Discuss How Collective Actions Can Succeed Against Prejudice

John Drury
John Drury

John Drury, reader in social psychology at the University of Sussex, England, and researcher in crowd dynamics, will speak on “(Dis)empowering prejudice through collective action: An elaborated social identity model (ESIM)” on April 12 from noon-1:30 p.m. in 423 Tobin Hall.

The talk is presented by the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program Interdisciplinary Seminars on Conflict and Violence.

ESIM was developed to explain the dynamics of conflict within crowd events. Based on ESIM, and in line with self-categorization theory, in this presentation Drury will suggest that the process of collective empowerment can operate “vicariously” and explain how collective actions against xenophobic attacks can operate successfully.

Drury has been conducting research on crowds, social movements and collective action for 25 years. Some of the crowd phenomena he and his colleagues have investigated include the 1990 poll tax riot, the Hajj to Mecca, the Hillsborough disaster, the July 7th London bombings and the UK anti-roads movement. His research findings have informed guidance on emergency response and training in crowd safety.

Drury is currently editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology.

The talk is open to all. Refreshments will be served.