Thesis topic proposal
Zsolt Péter Szabó
Collective victim beliefs


Institute: University of Pécs
Doctoral School of Psychology

Thesis supervisor: Zsolt Péter Szabó
Location of studies (in Hungarian): University of Pécs, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Psychology
Abbreviation of location of studies: PTE

Description of the research topic:

My research is about the symptoms, functions, and consequences of the so-called collective victimhood consciousness. Collective victimhood consciousness is a sense which is defined as a mindset shared by group members that result from a perceived intentional harm with severe consequences, inflicted on the collective by another group. This harm is viewed as undeserved, unjust and immoral, and one that the group could not prevent. What kind of social identity can be developed by this mindset? What are the functions of the collective victimhood consciousness, why groups are often struggle to be acknowledged as the real victim of a conflict (this is called "competitive victimhood")? In the Hungarian context, the main concern is the perceived historical trajectory and its effect on current intergroup attitudes and beliefs.

Required language skills: English Intermediate
Recommended language skills (in Hungarian): English Proficiency
Number of students who can be accepted: 2

Deadline for application: 2017-05-31

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