Subject Week: “Psychology of Social Change”

April 07, 2024
Subject Week: “Psychology of Social Change”

The “Psychology of social change” is a field of study within psychology that focuses on understanding the psychological processes underlying individual and collective efforts to bring about societal transformations. It explores how people perceive, interpret, and respond to social issues, and how these processes contribute to or hinder efforts to create positive change.

Researchers in the psychology of social change aim to generate insights that inform the design of more effective interventions, campaigns, policies, and strategies for promoting positive social change and addressing pressing societal challenges.

Key components of the psychology of social change include: Beliefs and Attitudes, Social Influence, Collective Action, Empowerment and Agency, Social Identity and Intergroup Relations, Psychological Barriers and Facilitators.

Print books:

  1. Carney, M. (2021) Value(s) : building a better world for all. Public Affairs. HM681 .C366 2021
  2. Galaty, D. H. (2022) Modern European intellectual history: individuals, groups, and technological change, 1800-2000. Bloomsbury Academic. CB204 .G35 2022
  3. Gottlieb, R. (2022). Care-centered politics: from the home to the planet. The MIT Press HM831 .G687 2022
  4. Haberlen, J. C. (2023). Beauty is in the street: protest and counterculture in post-war Europe. Allen Lane. HN373.5 .H33 2023
  5. Maxwell, J. C. and Hoskins, R. (2021). Change your world: how anyone, anywhere can make a difference. HarperCollins Leadership. BF637.C4 M379 2021
  6. Moody-Adams, M.(2022). Making space for justice: social movements, collective imagination, and political hope. Columbia University Press. HM881 .M666 2022
  7. Prilleltensky, I and Prilleltensky, O. (2021). How people matter: why it affects health, happiness, love, work, and society Cambridge University Press. BJ1533.R42 P75 2021
  8. Savage, M. (2021). The return of inequality : social change and the weight of the past. Harvard University Press. I5 S297 2021
  9. Susskind, D. (2020). A world without work: technology, automation, and how we should respond. Metropolitan Books. HD6331 .S86 2020
  10. Zelenski, J. M. (2020). Positive psychology: the science of well-being. Sage Publications. BF204.6 .Z45 2020

When off campus, please enter your credentials to access e-books.


  1. Brescia, R. (2020). The future of change: How technology shapes social revolutions. Cornell University Press. ProQuest Central
  2. Davis, S. (2020). Undercurrents: Channeling outrage to spark practical activism. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated. ProQuest Central
  3. Law, M. J. (2017). 1938: Modern britain: social change and visions of the future. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. ProQuest Central
  4. Morin, O. (2015). How traditions live and die. Oxford University Press, Incorporated. ProQuest Central
  5. Thomas, P. N. (2019). Communication for social change: Context, social movements and the digital. SAGE Publications India Pvt, Ltd. ProQuest Central