A Political Psychology of Conflict: The Case of Northern Ireland

  • Neil Ferguson
  • Orla Muldoon
  • Shelley McKeown
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political Psychology Series book series (PSPP)


The zeitgeist influencing much contemporary psychology and wider scholarly thought is one that individualises political processes. This is particularly the case when we attempt to understand political violence and conflict. Those engaged in political violence, or even affected by it, are often represented by Western media at least, as terrorists, criminals or mentally unstable (Horgan, 2003; Pupavac, 2004). Drawing on theory and research from political psychology, here we set out to demonstrate that macro-social and collective processes are crucial to any analysis of political violence and conflict. Indeed the individualisation of the problem can and often is in itself a political act (Pupavac, 2004).


Social Identity Political Violence Social Identity Theory Armed Group Intergroup Relation 
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