Table of Contents
Section A: Setting the scene
- The need for a social identity analysis of COVID-19
- A social identity analysis of COVID-19
Section B. Social influence
- Compliance and followership
- Behavior change
- Conspiracy theories
Section C. Social (dis)connectedness
- Group threat
- Risk perception
- Social isolation
- Aging and connectedness
- Collective trauma
Section D. Collective behavior
- Emergencies and disasters
- Managing crowds in crises
- Social order and disorder
Section E. Intergroup relations
- Prejudice and racism
- Common identity
Latest posts and excerpts from Together Apart:
Clinical psychologist Tegan Cruwys discusses the concept of social connectedness and how being ‘together apart’ is both possible and crucial during the coronavirus pandemic.
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We are frequently told that COVID-19 is the greatest challenge of our generation, and perhaps the largest global crisis since World War II. So, what do we know about how people behave in crises? And how can we apply that understanding to manage the current pandemic?
The way we are treated by the police tells us where we stand in society; if this treatment confirms the broader injustices to which our group has been subjected, then everything falls apart.
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It is not surprising that in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, aside from infection fears, gatherings of people on beaches, public transport and in parks were met with concern and even alarm. Crowds are associated with trouble. But crowds can be both destructive and constructive forces.
In an excerpt from Together Apart, three officials with Public Health England argue that he consequences of shared identity, which have been shown to be so important in building an effective community response to the pandemic — the mutual trust, influence and support — are equally important when it comes to community–authority relations.
While the pandemic is different other emergencies, there are important similarities: there is a mortal threat which can create fear; there is not enough protection for everyone under threat; and human action can mitigate (or exacerbate) that threat.