We are absolutely thrilled that Professor Jim Sidanius (Harvard University) has agreed to give a public lecture at the University of Johannesburg. As you may know, he is a HUGE figure in social psychology. I have attached a brief bio for those who are unfamiliar with his work. Please distribute to your networks.
Title: Macro-Micro Interfacing and the Production of Group-Based Social Hierarchy: The Case of Individual Differences in Social Dominance and Institutional Terror
Date: 20 October 2015
Venue: Madibeng Council Chambers
RSVP: Madalein Bezuidenhout firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 October 2015
As an example of attempts to explore the interaction between macro- and micro-levels analysis, social dominance theory argues that the creation, maintenance and re-creation of group based social hierarchy is, among other factors, a result of interacting forces acting at multiple levels of analysis. These levels of analysis include the production and dissemination of system-wide social ideologies and social practices, the hierarchy-enhancing and hierarchy attenuating character of social institutions, the dynamics of social identities and the differential behavioral predispositions of individuals embedded within social institutions. In this talk, I will focus on the intersection between institutions of social repression and institutional terrorism, and individual differences in preference for group-based social inequality. Finally, I will examine some of the precise mechanisms responsible for the matching of individuals with hierarchy enhancing or hierarchy attenuating tastes with the hierarchy attenuating/enhancing character of social institutions within which individuals are embedded.