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The Social Psychology of Collective Victimhood

Johanna Ray Vollhardt


This book provides an overview of current social psychological scholarship on collective victimhood. Drawing on different contexts of collective victimization—such as those due to genocide, war, ethnic or religious conflict, racism, colonization, Islamophobia, the caste system, and other forms of direct and structural collective violence—this edited volume presents theoretical ideas and empirical findings concerning the psychological experience of being targeted by collective violence in the past or present. Specifically, the book addresses questions such as: How are experiences of collective ... More

Keywords: collective victimization, collective victimhood, collective violence, genocide, ethnic conflict, social psychology, intergroup relations, power, history

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190875190
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190875190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johanna Ray Vollhardt, editor
Associate Professor of Psychology, Clark University

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Section 1 How Are Narratives of Collective Victimization Passed Down?: Transmission of Collective Victimhood in Families and Communities

2 Transgenerational Transmission of Collective Victimhood Through a Developmental Intergroup Framework

Laura K. Taylor, Marina Štambuk, Dinka Čorkalo Biruški, and Dean O’Driscoll

3 Collective Memory and the Legacy of the Troubles

Neil Ferguson and Donna Halliday

Section 2 How Do People Appraise, Feel About, and Respond to Collective Victimization?: Affect and Coping Mechanisms Involved in Collective Victimhood

6 Collective Victimhood as a Form of Adaptation

Michał Bilewicz and James Liu

Section 3 How Do People Make Sense of Collective Victimization?: Collective Victim Beliefs, Lay Theories, and Lessons of Collective Victimhood

10 In the Aftermath of Historical Trauma

Yechiel Klar, Noa Schori-Eyal, and Lior Yom Tov

Section 4 How Does Social Inequality Influence Collective Victimhood?: The Role of Structural Violence, Intersectionality, and Group-based Power

11 Collective Victimhood Resulting From Structural Violence

Silvia Mari, Denise Bentrovato, Federica Durante, and Johan Wassermann

12 Examining Collective Victim Beliefs Using Intersectionality

Rashmi Nair, Mukadder Okuyan, and Nicola Curtin

13 Resentment and Redemption

Stephen Reicher and Yasemin Ulusahin

Section 5 Who Is Considered a Victim?: Inclusion and Exclusion Dynamics of Collective Victimhood Based on Power and Perceived Legitimacy

14 Experiencing Acknowledgment Versus Denial of the Ingroup’s Collective Victimization

Michelle Sinayobye Twali, Boaz Hameiri, Johanna Ray Vollhardt, and Arie Nadler

15 A Critical Race Reading of Collective Victimhood

Michael J. Perez and Phia S. Salter

Section 6 What Is the Role of Personality Traits and Psychological Needs in Collective Victimhood?

17 The Tendency to Feel Victimized in Interpersonal and Intergroup Relationships

Rahav Gabay, Boaz Hameiri, Tammy Rubel-Lifschitz, and Arie Nadler

18 Striking at the Core

Frank Jake Kachanoff, Michael J. A. Wohl, and Donald M. Taylor

19 When Two Groups Hurt Each Other

Nurit Shnabel, Rotem Kahalon, Johannes Ullrich, and Anna Lisa Aydin

Section 7 Ethical Challenges in Researching Collective Victimization

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