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How Does Macroeconomic Change Affect Social Identity (and Vice Versa?): Insights from the European Context

Abrams, Dominic, Vasiljevic, Milica (2014) How Does Macroeconomic Change Affect Social Identity (and Vice Versa?): Insights from the European Context. Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy, 14 (1). pp. 311-338. ISSN 1530-2415. (doi:10.1111/asap.12052) (KAR id:46665)

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Economic strategies are largely driven by political and economic considerations. However, we contend that social psychological processes, particularly identity, play an important role and should also be a focus for policy strategies. We review evidence on how changes in the macroeconomy can impact social identities, and vice versa. Drawing on social psychological theories of identity and categorization, and using the current European context as a main example, we consider how large scale events (both positive and negative) affect the economy and how this articulates with people’s identities. The review considers how consumerism, consumption patterns, and consumer confidence relate to changes in identity. It also considers the consequences of macroeconomic change for social cohesion. We describe a novel model that sets out the likely opportunities and challenges for individuals, groups, and society, in the context of future macroeconomic scenarios: recession, stagnation, and growth. The review highlights the bidirectional nature of the relationship between the economy and social identity, and calls for policy makers to consider social psychological perspectives when developing economic strategies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/asap.12052
Uncontrolled keywords: Macroeconomy, identity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre for the Study of Group Processes
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Dominic Abrams
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2015 16:45 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:04 UTC
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