Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Journal of Social and Political Psychology publishes articles that “substantially advance the understanding of social problems, their reduction, and the promotion of social justice. It also welcomes work that focuses on socio-political issues from related fields of psychology (e.g., peace psychology, community psychology, cultural psychology, environmental psychology, media psychology, economic psychology) and encourages submissions with interdisciplinary perspectives.” Material to be found here includes Commentaries, Theoretical Articles, Original Research Reports, Review Articles, Action Teaching Reports, and Special Thematic Sections.
Published since 2013, the journal is searchable by author, title, full text, supplementary file, date, and by index term. Articles in the current issue can be viewed readily in PDF or HTML, as can archived articles (accessed by publication year and issue).
To give you the flavor of this journal, here are the contents of the two latest issues to date: the theoretical article: “Activism as a Heroic Quest for Symbolic Immortality: An Existential Perspective on Collective Action”; the original research reports: “Constructing Work and Subjectivities in Precarious Conditions: Psycho-Discursive Practices in Young People’s Interviews in Greece,” “Lake Wobegon's Guns: Overestimating Our Gun-Related Competences,” “Cultivating a Global Identity,” “Toward a Psychological Study of Class Consciousness: Development and Validation of a Social Psychological Model,” “Die-Hard Mubarak Supporters: A Cultural Perspective,” and “Moralization and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election Campaign”; the commentary: “Prejudice Reduction and Collective Action: A Conflict or Confluence of Interests?”; and a Special Thematic Section on "The Social Psychology of Citizenship, Participation and Social Exclusion," which includes the papers: “Schooling, Citizen-Making, and Anti-Immigrant Prejudice in France,” “Constructions of 'the Polish' in Northern England: Findings From a Qualitative Interview Study,” “Micropolitics of Public Space: On the Contested Limits of Citizenship as a Locational Practice,” “Everyday Citizenship: Identity Claims and Their Reception,” “The Active Follower: What Young Voters Look for in Political Leaders and Parties,” “Motivating Citizens to Participate in Public Policymaking: Identification, Trust and Cost-Benefit Analyses,” “'Flying While Muslim': Citizenship and Misrecognition in the Airport,” “From Ex-Combatants to Citizens: Connecting Everyday Citizenship and Social Reintegration in Colombia,” and “The Social Psychology of Citizenship: Engagement With Citizenship Studies and Future Research.”
The global perspectives revealed by the research here make this an interesting journal that will likely be useful to emerging scholars in the psycho-social sciences.