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Together Apart

Together Apart
The Psychology of COVID-19

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July 2020 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

***Winner of a 2021 APEX Award for Publication Excellence***

Written by leading social psychologists with expertise in leadership, health and emergency behaviour – who have also played an important role in advising governments on COVID-19 – this book provides a broad but integrated analysis of the psychology of COVID-19

It explores the response to COVID-19 through the lens of social identity theory, drawing from insights provided by four decades of research. Starting from the premise that an effective response to the pandemic depends upon people coming together and supporting each other as members of a common community, the book helps us to understand emerging processes related to social (dis)connectedness, collective behaviour and the societal effects of COVID-19. In this it shows how psychological theory can help us better understand, and respond to, the events shaping the world in 2020. 

Considering key topics such as:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Risk perception
  • Social isolation
  • Mental health
  • Inequality
  • Misinformation
  • Prejudice and racism
  • Behaviour change
  • Social Disorder

This book offers the foundation on which future analysis, intervention and policy can be built.

We are proud to support the research into Covid-19 and are delighted to offer the finalised eBook for free, available from all major eBook retailers, including Amazon, Kobo, and Google.  For those who prefer print, it is possible to purchase a paperback version.

All Royalties from this book will be donated to charity.

Vincent Yzerbyt
Section A: Setting the scene
Jolanda Jetten, Stephen D. Reicher, S. Alexander Haslam and Tegan Cruwys
Chapter 1: The need for a social identity analysis of COVID-19
Jolanda Jetten, Stephen D. Reicher, S. Alexander Haslam and Tegan Cruwys
Chapter 2: A social identity analysis of COVID-19
Section B: Social influence
S. Alexander Haslam
Chapter 3: Leadership
Niklas K. Steffens
Chapter 4: Compliance and followership
Frank Mols
Chapter 5: Behaviour Change
Matthew J. Hornsey
Chapter 6: Conspiracy theories
Section C: Social (dis)connectedness
Katharine H. Greenaway
Chapter 7: Group threat
Tegan Cruwys
Chapter 8: Risk perception
Sarah V. Bentley
Chapter 9: Social isolation
Catherine Haslam
Chapter 10: Aging and connectedness
Orla Muldoon
Chapter 11: Collective trauma
Section D: Collective behaviour
Fregus Neville and Stephen D. Reicher
Chapter 12: Crowds
John Drury and Selin Tekin Guven
Chapter 13: Emergencies and disasters
Evangelos Ntontis and Carolina Rocha
Chapter 14: Solidarity
Holly Carter, Dale Weston & Richard Amlôt
Chapter 15: Managing crowds in crises
Clifford Stott and Matt Radburn
Chapter 16: Social Order and Disorder
Section E: Intergroup relations
Jolanda Jetten
Chapter 17: Inequality
Charlie R. Crimston and Hema Preya Selvanathan
Chapter 18: Polarisation
Yuen J. Huo
Chapter 19: Prejudice and racism
John F. Dovidio, Elif G. Ikizer, Jonas R. Kunst and Aharon Levy
Chapter 20: Common identity

Jolanda Jetten

Stephen D. Reicher

Broadly my research addresses the issues of group behaviour and the individual-social relationship. More specifically, my recent research can be grouped into three areas. The first is an attempt to develop a model of crowd action that accounts for both social determination and social change. The second concerns the construction of social categories through language and action. The third concerns political rhetoric and mass mobilisation - especially around the issue of national identity. Currently, I am starting work on a Leverhulme funded project (jointly with Nick Hopkins of Lancaster University) looking at the impact of devolution on... More About Author

S. Alexander Haslam

S. Alexander Haslam is Professor of Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the study of group and social identity processes in social, organizational, health and sport contexts.In May 2017, Alexander was awarded the British Psychological Society’s Presidents’ Award. More About Author

Tegan Cruwys

Tegan Cruwys is an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) fellow, clinical psychologist, and lecturer at the University of Queensland. Her research investigates how social relationships shape mental and physical health—work that is at the intersection of social, clinical, and health psychology. She completed her PhD at Australian National University in 2012. More About Author

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ISBN: 9781529752090