Aims and background

Aims and background

Increasing intergroup violence, the emergence of new targets of prejudice all over Europe highlight the importance of the normative context of intergroup relations. Social norms shape intergroup attitudes and the expression of hostility far beyond differences that individual psychological processes can account for. Individuals choose extreme actions based on the changing concepts of normativity in public discourse. The current rise of right-wing populism is connected to the spread of exclusionary definitions of the ingroup, and the terrorism-threat narrative builds on the claim that Europe and European values are under threat. Social psychology needs to address the particular problems of boundaries that affect the treatment of for example Roma people and Muslims across Europe, and the particular problems faced by Eastern Europe, the Balkan countries, Turkey, and Greece.

In this meeting, we aim to bring together researchers who are interested in the connection between societal norms and both positive and negative intergroup behavior. We would like to demonstrate that intergroup behavior is dependent on the normative appropriateness of positive or negative intergroup relations between particular groups, and the definition of group boundaries. Therefore, we would like to invite researchers who focus on issues of intergroup relations in a wide range of social contexts, as well as researchers who study the connection between social norms and intergroup relations more generally.

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