Explaining effervescence: Investigating the relationship between shared social identity and positive experience in crowds

Hopkins, Nick and Reicher, Stephen D. and Khan, Sammyh S. and Tewari, Shruti and Srinivasan, Narayanan and Stevenson, Clifford (2015) Explaining effervescence: Investigating the relationship between shared social identity and positive experience in crowds. Cognition and Emotion, 30 (1). pp. 20-32. ISSN 0269-9931

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Abstract

We investigated the intensely positive emotional experiences arising from participation in a large-scale collective event. We predicted such experiences arise when those attending a collective event are (1)able to enact their valued collective identity and (2) experience close relations with other participants. In turn, we predicted both of these to be more likely when participants perceived crowd members to share a common collective identity. We investigated these predictions in a survey of pilgrims (N = 416) attending a month-long Hindu pilgrimage festival in north India. We found participants’ perceptions of a shared identity amongst crowd members had an indirect effect on their positive experience at the event through (1) increasing participants’ sense that they were able to enact their collective identity and (2) increasing the sense of intimacy with other crowd members. We discuss the implications of these data for how crowd emotion should be conceptualised

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: crowds, shared identity, collective self-realisation
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Dr Clifford Stevenson
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2016 11:41
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 11:41
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/700574

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