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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Call for Papers for Special Issue on "Privilege Lost"

29.07.2020, by Tina Keil in call for papers

Group Processes & Intergroup Relations (GPIR)
Extended submission deadline: January 15th, 2021

GPIR (Group Processes and Intergroup Relations)
GPIR (Group Processes and Intergroup Relations)

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please note an extended deadline on submissions for the GPIR special issue on “Privilege Lost: High-Status Group Perceptions of and Reactions to Eroding Social Hierarchies”.

Guest Editors: Megan Earle (Brock University), Gordon Hodson (Brock University), and Maureen Craig (New York University)

Influential social and demographic movements—including the #metoo movement, the Black Lives Matter movement, immigration, and increases in racial, ethnic, and religious diversity—have proliferated across many countries in recent years. Many of the same countries affected by these movements have concurrently seen rises in political polarization, alt-right political movements, White nationalism, and attempts to repeal women’s rights. This Special Issue focuses on how and why individuals belonging to traditionally high-status groups may respond to such social or demographic changes as well as movements that seek to disrupt the existing social hierarchy.

The aim is to advance our understanding of (1) how members of traditionally high-status groups think about social or demographic changes/movements that may be perceived to signify their group’s power loss, (2) the circumstances under which high-status groups may (or may not) push back against these social movement or demographic changes, and (3) when and why perceptions (or misperceptions) about social or demographic changes may shift. Topics may include (but are not limited to) perceptions of and responses to growing socio-cultural diversity, responses to perceived improvements for racial minorities among racial majority members, men’s responses to the #metoo movement, or work that focuses on higher-status groups’ competition with lower-status groups for victimhood status.

We welcome submissions of quantitative research from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. Qualitative research may, under exceptional circumstances, be considered when it is supported by substantial quantitative findings. Preference will be given to multi-study papers, except for work that features especially high-quality or rare data (e.g., a large nationally representative sample, a sample of members of a social movement).

Manuscripts (between 5000-8000 words) should be prepared in accordance with APA publication guidelines as described in the APA Publication Manual. For full submission guidelines, see Manuscripts should be submitted using the regular GPIR online system, specifying that the submission is intended for the special issue on Privilege Lost: High-Status Group Perceptions of and Reactions to Eroding Social Hierarchies.

Please direct any inquiries (e.g., suitability, format, scope, etc.) about this Special Issue to the guest editors: Megan Earle (, Gordon Hodson (, and Maureen Craig (