I dig therefore we are : community archaeology, place-based social identity, and intergroup relations within local communities

Coen, S, Meredith, JM and Condie, JM 2017, 'I dig therefore we are : community archaeology, place-based social identity, and intergroup relations within local communities' , Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 27 (3) , pp. 212-225.

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Abstract

Community involvement in archaeological digs aims to reconnect people with the history and heritage of where they live. This paper applies social psychological theories to understand how community archaeological projects create opportunities for place-based social identity and positive inter-group relations. Focus groups were conducted across five areas of Greater Manchester (UK) with 24 participants who volunteered for Dig Greater Manchester, a community archaeology initiative. The focus groups aimed to understand how experiences of participating in digs and exploring local heritage modified, strengthened or initiated identification with place and community; thus moving from individual levels to social levels of identity. The findings offer insight as to the ways in which people make sense of their own - and others’ – place-based social identities as a result of participating in community archaeological digs.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISSN: 1052-9284
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Funders: Richard Bejnamin Trust
Depositing User: S Coen
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 15:36
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2017 14:03
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/41265

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