Identity, Violence and Power

Mobilising Hatred, Demobilising Dissent

  • Guy Elcheroth
  • Stephen Reicher

Part of the Identity Studies in the Social Sciences book series (IDS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Critique

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Guy Elcheroth, Stephen Reicher
      Pages 3-38
    3. Guy Elcheroth, Stephen Reicher
      Pages 39-70
  3. Model

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Guy Elcheroth, Stephen Reicher
      Pages 73-97
    3. Guy Elcheroth, Stephen Reicher
      Pages 99-127
    4. Guy Elcheroth, Stephen Reicher
      Pages 129-151
  4. Case Studies

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 243-264

About this book


This book provides a systematic examination of the re-patterning of collective identities through violence and the role of power politics in such critical transitions. The authors show how identity is created through shared social practices and how it is transformed when collective violence disrupts common practices. Three case studies show how this model sheds new light on the dynamics of religious violence in parts of India, on ethnic violence in the former Yugoslavia, as well as on anti-war protest in the UK in reaction to the military invasion of Iraq.

The book explores an alternative way of looking at conflict, and dissects the policies and processes that bring specific identities to the fore, taking seriously the capacity to resist and face abusive authority.

Identity, Violence and Power will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology, social psychology, history, political science and conflict studies.


conflict sociology political science Mobilisation Ethnic conflict Social Identity Theory Collective Memory Social Representation Theory former Yugoslavia

Authors and affiliations

  • Guy Elcheroth
    • 1
  • Stephen Reicher
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Social SciencesUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.School of PsychologyUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUnited Kingdom

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