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The dark side of nationalism? Yes for EU

16 May 2022, 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Whenever independence is discussed, someone will invoke ‘the dark side of nationalism’ as a counter-argument. There is no doubt that history is replete with examples, but is xenophobia and racism a necessary component of all nationalism or else a feature only of some? And if the latter, what are the conditions under which nationalism turns toxic? In this talk, I will consider the psychology of nationalism and inter-national relations. I will discuss the relationship between nationalism and racism. And I will examine how accusations regarding the ‘dark side of nationalism’ have been used and misused in the independence debate.

Stephen Reicher is Wardlaw Professor of Psychology at the University of St. Andrews. He is currently a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, of the British Academy, of the Academy of Social Sciences, of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and of the British Psychological Society. Stephen’s work has to do with issues of social identity and group behaviour. He has researched a range of topics including crowd behaviour, inter-group hatred, nationalism and national identity, leadership and the roots of toxic behaviour. He has used this work to advise both the UK and Scottish Governments on topics including community resilience, behaviour in emergencies, public order policing and, latterly, the Covid response. Stephen’s book Self and Nation (with Nick Hopkins) examines the uses of ‘Scottishness’ in political debate. His most recent book (with Alex Haslam and Michael Platow) is on ‘The New psychology of Leadership’.

The Quaker Meeting House has good ventilation and a carbon dioxide monitor, however the wearing of a good quality mask is recommended.

Doors will open at 7:15 and tea/coffee will be available.

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16 May 2022
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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