Professor Craig McGarty

Professor Craig McGarty

Professor of Psychology,
Psychology: Human Behaviour (SSAP)

Biography

I am a social and political psychologist whose main work is on intergroup relations especially social identity, collective action, group-based emotions and stereotype formation.  

I am currently the Head of the Psychology Discipline in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology.

My undergraduate degree was at the University of Adelaide before moving in 1985 to the Macquarie University to do my PhD while working as a tutor.

My first lecturing job was at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean in the School of Humanities and Applied Social Sciences in 1990.

From 1991 I  worked for 16 years at ANU where I was Head of the School of Psychology (2004-2006 before moving to Murdoch University in 2007 to become Director of the Centre for Social and Community Research and then to become Director for the Social Research Institute.

I moved back to Canberra in 2012 (still working for Murdoch University until 2014).

I returned to Western Sydney University as a Professor of Psychology at the end of March 2014 (initiallly half-time) and became Head of Psychology here in October, 2015

I am an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology, a guest editor of a Special Section of the Journal of Social and Political Psychology on the "20 Years after Genocide: The role of psychology in recovery in Rwanda" and of the European Journal of Social Psychology's Special Issue on "Globalization and the Emergence of Global Concern".

I was a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts (2013-2015)

This information has been contributed by Professor McGarty.

Qualifications

  • PhD Macquarie University
  • BA (Hons) University of Adelaide
  • BA University of Adelaide

Interests

  • collective action
  • online behaviour
  • social change
  • social identity

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Psychology: Human Behaviour (SSAP)

Contact

Email: C.Mcgarty@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9772 6732
Mobile:
Location: 24.1.55
Bankstown
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101541 Advanced Topics in Psychology, 2015
  • 101683 Social Psychology, 2015

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • De Castella, K. and McGarty, C. (2013), 'The war/crime narrative and fear content in leader rhetoric about terrorism', The Political Psychology of Terrorism Fears, Oxford University Press 9780199925926.
  • McGarty, C. (2012), 'Stereotyping and prejudice : revisiting Hamilton and Gifford's illusory correlation studies', Social Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies, SAGE 9780857027559.
  • McGarty, C., Lala, G. and Thomas, E. (2012), 'Opinion-based groups and the restoration of civil society', Restoring Civil Societies: The Psychology of Intervention and Engagement Following Crisis, Wiley & Sons 9780470671436.
  • McGarty, C., Lala, G. and Douglas, K. (2011), 'Opinion-based groups : (racist) talk and (collective) action on the internet ', Strategic Uses of Social Technology: An Interactive Perspective of Social Psychology, Cambridge University Press 9780521899260.
  • McGarty, C., Bongiorno, R. and Bliuc, A. (2010), 'Categorization', Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Sage 9781412942089.
  • McGarty, C., Bliuc, A. and Bongiorno, R. (2010), 'Depersonalization', Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Sage 9781412942089.
  • Douglas, K., Sutton, R. and McGarty, C. (2008), 'Strategic language use in interpersonal and intergroup communication', Stereotype Dynamics: Language-Based Approaches to the Formation, Maintenance, and Transformation of Stereotypes, Lawrence Erlbaum 9780805856781.
  • McGarty, C. and Bliuc, A. (2004), 'Refining the meaning of the "collective" in collective guilt : harm, guilt, and apology in Australia', Collective Guilt: International Perspectives, Cambridge University Press 9780521817608.

Journal Articles

  • Thomas, E., McGarty, C. and Mavor, K. (2016), 'Group interaction as the crucible of social identity formation : a glimpse at the foundations of social identities for collective action', Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, vol 19, no 2 , pp 137 - 151.
  • Gee, A., McGarty, C. and Banfield, M. (2016), 'Barriers to genuine consumer and carer participation from the perspectives of Australian systemic mental health advocates', Journal of Mental Health, vol 25, no 3 , pp 231 - 237.
  • Curtin, N. and McGarty, C. (2016), 'Expanding on psychological theories of engagement to understand activism in context(s)', Journal of Social Issues, vol 72, no 2 , pp 227 - 241.
  • Hartley, L., Lala, G., Donaghue, N. and McGarty, C. (2016), 'How activists respond to social structure in offline and online contexts', Journal of Social Issues, vol 72, no 2 , pp 376 - 398.
  • Thomas, E., McGarty, C., Lala, G., Stuart, A., Hall, L. and Goddard, A. (2015), 'Whatever happened to Kony2012? : understanding a global Internet phenomenon as an emergent social identity', European Journal of Social Psychology, vol 45, no 3 , pp 356 - 367.
  • Bliuc, A., McGarty, C., Thomas, E., Lala, G., Berndsen, M. and Misajon, R. (2015), 'Public division about climate change rooted in conflicting socio-political identities', Nature Climate Change, vol 5, no 3 , pp 226 - 229.
  • Gee, A., McGarty, C. and Banfield, M. (2015), 'What drives systemic mental health advocates? : goals, strategies, and values of Australian consumer and carer advocacy organizations', Sage Open, vol 5, no 4 , pp 1 - 8.
  • Smith, L., Thomas, E. and McGarty, C. (2015), '"We must be the change we want to see in the world" : integrating norms and identities through social interaction', Political Psychology, vol 36, no 5 , pp 543 - 557.
  • Reese, G., Rosenmann, A. and McGarty, C. (2015), 'Globalisation and global concern : developing a social psychology of human responses to global challenges', European Journal of Social Psychology, vol 45, no 7 , pp 799 - 805.
  • Bongiorno, R., McGarty, C., Kurz, T., Haslam, S. and Sibley, C. (2015), '[In Press] Mobilizing cause supporters through group-based interaction', Journal of Applied Social Psychology, .
  • Thomas, E., McGarty, C. and Louis, W. (2014), 'Social interaction and psychological pathways to political engagement and extremism', European Journal of Social Psychology, vol 44, no 1 , pp 15 - 22.
  • McGarty, C. (2014), 'Twenty years after genocide : the role of psychology in the reconciliation and reconstruction process in Rwanda', Journal of Social and Political Psychology, vol 2, no 1 , pp 377 - 386.
  • McGarty, C., Thomas, E., Lala, G., Smith, L. and Bliuc, A. (2014), 'New technologies, new identities, and the growth of mass opposition in the Arab Spring', Political Psychology, vol 35, no 6 , pp 725 - 740.
  • Lala, G., McGarty, C., Thomas, E., Ebert, A., Broderick, M., Mhando, M. and Kamuronsi, Y. (2014), 'Messages of Hope : using positive stories of survival to assist recovery in Rwanda', Journal of Social and Political Psychology, vol 2, no 1 , pp 450 - 468.
  • Hartley, L., McGarty, C. and Donaghue, N. (2013), 'Understanding disagreement within the majority about action to atone for past wrongs', Journal of Applied Social Psychology, vol 43, no Suppl. 2 , pp 246 - 261.
  • Gee, A. and McGarty, C. (2013), 'Aspirations for a cooperative community and support for mental health advocacy : a shared orientation through opinion-based group membership', Journal of Applied Social Psychology, vol 43, no S2 , pp 426 - 441.
  • Gee, A. and McGarty, C. (2013), 'Developing cooperative communities to reduce stigma about mental disorders', Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, vol 13, no 1 , pp 137 - 164.
  • Pedersen, A., Dunn, K., Forrest, J. and McGarty, C. (2012), 'Prejudice and discrimination from two sides : how do middle-eastern Australians experience it and how do other Australians explain it?', Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, vol 6, no 1 , pp 18 - 26.
  • Bliuc, A., McGarty, C., Hartley, L. and Muntele Hendres, D. (2012), 'Manipulating national identity : the strategic use of rhetoric by supporters and opponents of the 'Cronulla riots' in Australia', Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol 35, no 12 , pp 2174 - 2194.
  • Berndsen, M. and McGarty, C. (2012), 'Perspective taking and opinions about forms of reparation for victims of historical harm', Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, vol 38, no 10 , pp 1316 - 1328.
  • Thomas, E., Mavor, K. and McGarty, C. (2012), 'Social identities facilitate and encapsulate action-relevant constructs : a test of the social identity model of collective action', Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, vol 15, no 1 , pp 75 - 88.
  • McGarty, C., Thomas, E. and Louis, W. (2012), 'Are they terrorist sympathizers or do they just disagree with the War on Terror? : a comment on testing theories of radicalization in polls of U.S. Muslims', Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, vol 12, no 1 , pp 316 - 319.
  • De Castella, K. and McGarty, C. (2011), 'Two leaders, two wars : a psychological analysis of fear and anger content in political rhetoric about terrorism', Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, vol 11, no 1 , pp 180 - 200.
  • Berndsen, M. and McGarty, C. (2010), 'The impact of magnitude of harm and perceived difficulty of making reparations on group-based guilt and reparation towards victims of historical harm', European Journal of Social Psychology, vol 40, no 3 , pp 500 - 513.
  • Thomas, E., McGarty, C. and Mavor, K. (2010), 'Social psychology of Making Poverty History : motivating anti-poverty action in Australia', Australian Psychologist, vol 45, no 1 , pp 4 - 15.
  • Thomas, E., Smith, L., McGarty, C. and Postmes, T. (2010), 'Nice and nasty : the formation of prosocial and hostile social movements', Revue Internationale de Psychologie Sociale, vol 23, no 2-3 , pp 17 - 55.
  • Pedersen, A., Aly, A., Hartley, L. and McGarty, C. (2009), 'An intervention to increase positive attitudes and address misconceptions about Australian Muslims : a call for education and open mindedness', Australian Community Psychologist, vol 21, no 2 , pp 81 - 93.
  • Thomas, E. and McGarty, C. (2009), 'The role of efficacy and moral outrage norms in creating the potential for international development activism through group-based interaction', British Journal of Social Psychology, vol 48, no 1 , pp 115 - 134.
  • O'Brien, L. and McGarty, C. (2009), 'Political disagreement in intergroup terms : contextual variation and the influence of power', British Journal of Social Psychology, vol 48, no 1 , pp 77 - 98.
  • De Castella, K., McGarty, C. and Musgrove, L. (2009), 'Fear appeals in political rhetoric about terrorism : an analysis of speeches by Australian Prime Minister Howard', Political Psychology, vol 30, no 1 , pp 1 - 26.
  • McGarty, C., Bliuc, A., Thomas, E. and Bongiorno, R. (2009), 'Collective action as the material expression of opinion-based group membership', Journal of Social Issues, vol 65, no 4 , pp 839 - 857.
  • Thomas, E., McGarty, C. and Mavor, K. (2009), 'Aligning identities, emotions, and beliefs to create commitment to sustainable social and political action', Personality and Social Psychology Review, vol 13, no 3 , pp 194 - 218.
  • Thomas, E., McGarty, C. and Mavor, K. (2009), 'Transforming "apathy into movement" : the role of prosocial emotions in motivating action for social change', Personality and Social Psychology Review, vol 13, no 4 , pp 310 - 333.
  • Musgrove, L. and McGarty, C. (2008), 'Opinion-based group membership as a predictor of collective emotional responses and support for pro- and anti-war action', Social Psychology, vol 39, no 1 , pp 37 - 47.
  • Bliuc, A., McGarty, C., Reynolds, K. and Muntele Hendres, D. (2007), 'Opinion-based group membership as a predictor of commitment to political action', European Journal of Social Psychology, vol 37, no 1 , pp 19 - 32.
  • McGarty, C., Pedersen, A., Leach, C., Mansell, T., Waller, J. and Bliuc, A. (2005), 'Group-based guilt as a predictor of commitment to apology', British Journal of Social Psychology, vol 44, no 4 , pp 659 - 680.
  • Douglas, K., McGarty, C., Bliuc, A. and Lala, G. (2005), 'Understanding cyberhate : social competition and social creativity in online white supremacist groups ', Social Science Computer Review, vol 23, no 1 , pp 68 - 76.

Other Publications

  • 2015, 'Messages of Support: A Report of a Pilot Study Investigating the Role of Creating Positive Messages in Support of Others Who Have Survived Traumatic Experiences', Research Report

Research

My recent work has focused on social change, group-based emotion, and collective action as expressed in online and offline settings usually adopting a social identity approach.

For details of my publications you can go to:

http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=-UZ2Kc0AAAAJ&hl=en

mcgarty.socialpsychology.org

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Craig_McGarty

This information has been contributed by Professor McGarty.

Current Projects

Title: Outcomes of collective action: After the blockade, what next? [via UQ]
Years: 2016-02-11 - 2019-02-10
ID: P00023108
Western Researchers: Craig Mcgarty
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)

Supervision

Current Supervision

Title: Outlaws, Outsiders and Out-Groups: An Investigation of Metaphor and Attittudes Towards Others
Field of Research:

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