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Promoting Peace and Peace Activism. Winnifred Louis School of Psychology, University of Queensland. Acknowledgements. This research was supported under the Australian Research Council's Discovery funding scheme (project number DP0663937).

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promoting peace and peace activism

Promoting Peace and Peace Activism

Winnifred Louis

School of Psychology, University of Queensland


This research was supported under the Australian Research Council's Discovery funding scheme (project number DP0663937).

Dr. Leda Blackwood, School of Psychology, St. Andrews, Scotland

Carla Barnett, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia

  • Introduction
    • Key points to target – agreement, awareness, intentions to act, action
    • Sustaining membership – gratification, success, values, alternatives
    • The Brisbane Activists’ study
  • Psychologists for peace
  • UQ peace psychology
  • Discussion – psychological barriers and motives
couch potato problem
couch potato problem

Mobilizing for a peace rally in the Netherlands, 1980s

Klandermans & Oegema (1994)

  • Did not agree with goals (26%)
  • Agreed with goals (74%)
  • Not aware of rally (15%)
  • Aware of rally (59%)
  • Did not intend to go (49%)
  • Intended to go (10%)
  • Did not go (6%)
  • Attended rally (4%)
why stay an activist
It’s gratifying

Friends, peers -> social support

Benefits like learning & skill development

It’s working

Perceiving successes

Matching expectations

It expresses important values & identities

A stake in the work x no attractive alternatives

Very important to beginning activists

Activist ID fostered by action

Group IDs & norms reinforce or conflict

Other soc movt competitors?

Why stay an activist?
peace activism vs other activism heartbreaking abstract future oriented universalist

Commission > omission

Issues in the public eye

Costs > benefits

Present > future

Close > far

Concrete, immediate effects and control

The relative avoidance of positive peace work

Peace activism vs other activism – heartbreaking, abstract, future-oriented, universalist
the 2008 9 brisbane activists survey
The 2008-9 Brisbane Activists’ Survey
  • Time 1 online survey
    • 58 volunteers
    • Mean age approximately 43 years (18 - 75)
    • Predominately female (74%)
    • 42 different organisations represented with group membership ranging from less than 1 year to over 20 years
    • approx. 20% are members of other organisations
  • Time 2 online survey
    • 49 volunteers
  • Time 3 online survey
    • 42 volunteers
individuals beliefs promoting intentions
Individuals’ beliefs promoting intentions

*p<.05; **p<.01

Numbers in parentheses are standard deviations

promoting action involves
Beliefs and Emotions of the individual

Society can change

Your action matters

Action benefits you


But not necessarily anger

Group culture

Meaning, belonging, pride - identity

Others’ approval of particular actions

Learning to believe in the benefit of particular actions for your group

Promoting action involves
time 2
Time 2
  • 47% of respondents reported had acted in support of their group’s goals
    • 53% did not …
  • 87% of respondents indicated that their group had acted in support of the group’s goals
    • 13% of groups did not …

We asked people to think about how their group had high or low power

  • When power was low people reported more determination (M = 5.81)
  • Compared to high power (M = 4.64)

This is a highly functional reaction (though intentions didn’t change). But what about beginning activists?

time 3
Time 3
  • 33% of respondents indicated they had engaged in activities in support of their group’s goals (esp. disseminating information and educating people)
    • 66% had not …
  • Identification -> intentions
time 3 other findings
Time 3 – other findings
  • Past action -> higher future intentions
  • Greater perception of group approval of the behaviour -> higher future intentions
  • Perceptions of opponent approval had no impact on future intentions
  • Personal and group benefits -> higher future intentions
    • But group factors were more important
psychologists for peace
Psychologists for Peace
  • An ‘interest group’ of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Google “psychologists for peace” –cool initiatives and resources
  • Peace podcasts
  • Incl pamphlets and posters – feedback welcome!
uq peace psychology
UQ Peace Psychology
  • 5 day workshop July 6-10, in Brisbane led by Dan Christie
  • Activism & academia peace forum: Monday July 13 1-5pm
    • Seeking activists speakers and audience!
psychology of peace
Psychology of Peace
  • Beliefs
  • Emotions
  • Behaviours