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Stephen Gibson

Stephen Gibson

My research interests are in the areas of social identity (with a particular focus on national identity), military service, citizenship, attitudes to war and peace, and dis/obedience. Most of my work to date has involved the use of qualitative approaches, particularly those informed by discursive and rhetorical psychology, and as such I also have interests in a range of generic issues relating to qualitative research methods.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Communication, Language
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Political Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity

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Journal Articles:

  • Condor, S., Figgou, L., Abell, J., Gibson, S., & Stevenson, C. (2006). "They're not racist": Prejudice denial, mitigation and suppression in dialogue. British Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 441-462.
  • Condor, S., & Gibson, S. (2007). "Everybody's entitled to their own opinion": Ideological dilemmas of liberal individualism and active citizenship. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 17, 115-140.
  • Condor, S., Gibson, S., & Abell, J. (2006). English identity and ethnic diversity in the context of UK constitutional change. Ethnicities, 6, 123-158.
  • Gibson. S. (2014). Discourse, defiance and rationality: 'Knowledge work' in the 'obedience' experiments. Journal of Social Issues, 70, 424-438.
  • Gibson, S. (2013). Milgram’s obedience experiments: A rhetorical analysis. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 290-309.
  • Gibson, S. (2013). ‘The last possible resort’: A forgotten prod and the in situ standardization of Stanley Milgram’s voice-feedback condition. History of Psychology, 16, 177-194.
  • Gibson, S. (2012). History in action: The construction of historical analogies in televised debates concerning the Iraq War. Papers on Social Representations, 21, 13.1-13.35.
  • Gibson, S. (2012). ‘I’m not a war monger but…’: Discourse analysis and social psychological peace research. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 22, 159-173.
  • Gibson, S. (2011). Dilemmas of citizenship: Young people's conceptions of un/employment rights and responsibilities. British Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 450-468.
  • Gibson, S. (2011). Social psychology, war and peace: Towards a critical discursive peace psychology. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 239-250.
  • Gibson, S. (2009). The effortful citizen: Discursive social psychology and welfare reform. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 19, 393-410.
  • Gibson, S., & Abell, J. (2004). For Queen and country? National frames of reference in the talk of soldiers in England. Human Relations, 57, 871-891.
  • Gibson, S., & Condor, S. (2009). State institutions and social identity: National representation in soldiers' and civilians' interview talk concerning military service. British Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 313-336.
  • Gibson, S. & Hamilton, L. (2013). Knowledge, autonomy and maturity: Developmental and educational concerns as rhetorical resources in adolescents’ discussions regarding the age of electoral majority in England. Journal of Youth Studies, 16, 34-53.
  • Gibson, S., & Hamilton, L. (2011). The rhetorical construction of polity membership: Identity, culture and citizenship in young people’s discussions of immigration in northern England. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21, 228-242.

Other Publications:

  • Gibson, S. (2015). From representations to representing: On social representations and discursive-rhetorical psychology. In G. Sammut, E. Andreouli, G. Gaskell, & J. Valsiner (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of social representations (pp. 210-223). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gibson, S. (2012). Supporting the troops, serving the country: Rhetorical commonplaces in the representation of military service. In S. Gibson & S. Mollan (Eds), Representations of peace and conflict. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Stephen Gibson
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
York St. John University
Lord Mayor's Walk
York YO31 7EX
United Kingdom

  • Phone: +44 (0) 1904 876581

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