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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Special Issue of the Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology on Intergroup Contact and Collective Action

17.07.2017, by Sibylle Classen in call for papers

Integrative Perspectives
Call for Papers - ends on November 15, 2017

Guest Editors: Becky L. Choma (Ryerson University, Canada) and Shelley McKeown Jones (University of Bristol, UK)

Social psychology has a long history of exploring pathways to intergroup harmony and equality. One body of research in this area has built on Gordon Allport's (1954) contact hypothesis, studying the effects of intergroup contact. Another body of work has focused on collective action, often with a focus on group efficacy, social identity, or relative deprivation (see van Zomeren et al., 2008). These literatures and their respective findings and implications (e.g. contact improving majority group attitudes, but lowering collective action motivations among marginalized groups) have ultimately positioned them as adversarial. With this special issue, we seek to consider how these two lines of inquiry might be reconciled, and as a result spur dialogue, collaboration, and integration between these two perspectives.

We encourage submissions of original research and theoretical contributions. Consistent with the scope of the Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology (for more information about the journal, see:, we welcome contributions that present preliminary evidence of, or discuss the broader relations between theory and research from the intergroup contact and collective action literatures, and the relations between the implications of these divergent perspectives and avenues for fostering intergroup equality.

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with APA publication guidelines as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

Articles for this special issue should be submitted no later than November 15 2017. Manuscripts should be submitted using the regular JTSP online system, specifying that the submission is for the special issue on Intergroup Contact and Collective Action: Integrative Perspectives. The submission website is [] If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Becky Choma ( who will serve as the corresponding guest editor for this special issue.