Crowds and their Vicissitudes: Psychology and Law in the South African Court-room
In legal and professional psychology circles in South Africa, the relationship between psychology and law is not yet clearly and formally recognized. When practitioners of these disciplines encounter each other in the courts as they often do these days, much ignorance, suspicion and ambivalence is evident. Several complex reasons account for this mutual distrust and yet there appears to be ample justification for a creative rapprochement both inside and outside the court-room. Experience elsewhere (the United States for example) points in the direction of a mutually enriching encounter between psychology and law.1
KeywordsJustice System Social Identity Common Purpose Social Identity Theory Crowd Behaviour
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