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PDS 2018 - Psychology & Developing Societies



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Special Issue on Relative Deprivation and Collective Victimhood
(Volume 31 Number 1 March 2019)
Editor: Namita Pande University of Allahabad, Allahabad
Individuals and groups around the world are seen engaged in competition with each other which implicate a host of cognitive and affective processes. The major goal is to enhance positive outcomes for self and for their own groups in comparison to others. The implicated processes are influenced by their social, economic and political contexts and their histories and cultures. Two of the negative consequences which result from such comparisons are related to feelings of relative deprivation and collective victimhood. Empirical research has shown how such feelings both at the individual and at the group levels have fed interpersonal and intergroup conflicts. A very large number of studies on this subject have been carried out in societies in which the divide between the haves and have-nots is clear which have well established social categories but not in developing societies where inequalities of all kinds abound. The major difference between the two societies is that developing societies are characterized by scarce resources and extreme levels of inequalities. States have actively sought to narrow various perpetual divides through social policies, such as, through affirmative action programmes, quotas in political representations and in jobs. These, however, had mixed success. In quite a few countries the actual and the perceived divides between groups have only increased due to such interventions. New discourses which focus on reverse racism and positive discrimination have emerged.
The special thematic issue of the Psychology and Developing Societies to be published in March 2019 will consider papers which critically contribute to our understanding of the psychological and social processes and their consequences associated with the feelings of relative deprivation and collective victimhood in diverse societies. As part of the Journal’s policy, preference will be given to papers that draw upon the cultural, social and historical contexts of societies and also make use of the indigenous concepts to the extent possible.
The submission guidelines are here:
The word length of the paper should not exceed 8000 words (including references).
Submission deadline: 31 August, 2018
Please submit abstracts of about 300 words to by June 30, 2018.
All submissions should be submitted to by email.

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