Extremist groups and the continuum of social influence – evidence and impli...

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This presentation sets out research which seeks to explain and provide evidence for the social psychological processes involved in extremist group recruitment, identification and group practice. The range or continuum of social influence in these and other social contexts will be explored, as will the psychological reality of group or social identity. Specific research findings will be presented that defines and provides evidence for the existence of a ‘totalistic identity’ (Dubrow-Marshall 2010) for some members of some extremist groups under certain circumstances. The aetiology of group involvement will be further explicated using this explanatory framework, with insights presented on the variable psychological effects of group involvement, the fluidity of individual and group development in these contexts and the social representations of group based ideology and identity which can be more or less rooted in the lived or phenomenological reality of group experience. Implications arising from this research for policy and practice will also be presented.

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Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall PhD, MBPsS, is a social psychologist and visiting fellow in the Connected Lives, Diverse Realities research group in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences at the University of Salford. Rod’s research interests include the social psychology of extremist groups and radicalisation, coercive control and undue influence in group, family and organisational settings, inter-group prejudice and discrimination, community regeneration including arts and cultural developments, access to education and skill development, homelessness and housing policy, mental health and inclusive practice and organisational development and healthiness. He is co-editor of the International Journal of Cultic Studies and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Cultic Studies Association (www.icsahome.org).

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