Call for Authors: Angry Groups and Politics: How They Change Society, and How We Can Affect Their Behavior, 2 volumes
ABC Clio (Imprint: Praeger) is developing a two-volume work on the role of anger in group behavior, with an emphasis on politics. With a working title of Angry Groups and Politics: How They Change Society, and How We Can Affect Their Behavior, the volumes will be edited by Susan C. Cloninger, Professor of Psychology and Steven A. Leibo, Professor of international History and Politics, both of The Sage Colleges (Albany and Troy, New York).
This 2-volume collection of essays explores the theme of angry groups, ranging from historical to contemporary communities and encompassing a broad scope of methodologies, from analysis of their cultural context to theoretical and laboratory investigations of underlying psychological and sociological processes that contribute to group anger and associated behavior. Small groups as well as large social movements are included.
The first volume presents a variety of specific historical and current instances of angry groups and concludes with an essay by Leibo summarizing and discussing the historical role of anger in motiving political developments in modern and contemporary history.
The second volume considers individual and group processes, emphasizing those understood by social science theory and research, that contribute to the phenomena of angry groups and that may provide insights for interventions to reduce their destructive potential.
Our focus is on the anger experienced by these groups and the behavioral consequences of that anger, not the question of how rational, justified or logical their anger might be. For example, the question of anthropogenic climate change has generated two vigorous and angry groups: activist environmentalists who vigorously crusade for an end to fossil fuel use in order to stave off the worst of climate change, and the “denialists” lobby that has made a name for itself harassing prominent climate scientists and debunking their research. Science might support the former but our concern is not the question of justification but the groups’ anger and consequent behavior.
In addition to describing and understanding the behavior of angry groups, some essays address the application of this understanding for producing positive change. Based on both historical and laboratory evidence, suggestions are considered for predicting and influencing the expression of angry group behavior, among groups ranging from large movements to small groups.
If you are interested in contributing a chapter to this project (approximately 7000 to 10,000 words), contact either of the editors for more information. We can provide a working list of chapters, from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications and deadlines.
We believe the project is a unique opportunity to explore from a multi-disciplinary perspective one of the most profound and influential human emotions and to study its role both historically and in contemporary society. Contributing can of course also be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, send a statement to either editor. Please provide your CV or a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials in related disciplines.
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