Kesi Mahendran

Kesi Mahendran
The Open University (UK) · School of Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy - Social Psychology
Currently working on IMISCOE Reflexivities in Migration Studies Chapter & preparing for OppAttune - start 1st April 2023

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Introduction
I am a social and political psychologist who established the Public Dialogue Psychology Collaboratory in 2020 with Anthony English & Sue Nieland- to move from public opinion to public dialogue. https://www.publicdialoguepsychologycolab.co.uk I examine the dialogue between citizens and their governments on vexed questions e.g migration. I am the lead co-ordinator of the Horizon-Europe project OppAttune - Countering Oppositional Political Extremism through Attuned Dialogue (2023 - 2026).

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Academic abstract: Social psychology's disconnect from the vital and urgent questions of people's lived experiences reveals limitations in the current paradigm. We draw on a related perspective in social psychology1-the sociocultural approach-and argue how this perspective can be elaborated to consider not only social psychology as a historical sc...
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Measures such as Identification with all humanity (IWAH) and global identification and citizenship (GHIC) are positivity correlated with measures of humanitarianism, cosmopolitanism and environmental concern. Research using these measures suggests that most citizens have low-global identification scores. This article sheds light on this finding by...
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The political mobilisation of nostalgia is increasingly preoccupying social and political psychologists. A key concern is with rising populism and the use of an imagined golden past to foster threat through anti-EU and anti-immigrant sentiment. This article introduces two key concepts, anemoia – imagining a past not experienced – and prolepsis – ho...
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The rise of populism is a prevalent issue on the political landscape both in Europe and the wider world. Such ideologies create defamatory political narratives and exacerbate already partisan social media spaces. This trend challenges psychologists interested in politics to consider what factors could influence dialogue sustainment in these polaris...
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Can understanding social representations of home unpack the central empty signifier of populism—the “true people”? Nationalist exclusionary forms of populism use home, birthplace, and born and bred narratives to frame sections of the population as Other. “Go Home” vans in the United Kingdom, Donald Trump's use of birther rhetoric during his previou...
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The global crises we currently face, ecological, refugee-related and dealing with austerity arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic share a common feature. Together they have the capacity to call into question shared understandings of what constitutes the physical, political and psychological boundaries of home. Consensual understanding (social repres...
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In this chapter, my focus is on ‘integration’ as a key official category used within migration policy within the European Union. I explore how citizens, when given the freedom to discuss official categories, can liberate comparison from idealized starting points such as the imagined integration of non-migrants. Mikhail Bakhtin proposed that categor...
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Thousands of individuals each year seek refugee status and the question of who can be accepted requires politicians within democracies to seek a public mandate. Unlike other socio-political categories individuals cannot self-identify as refugee; the category must be bureaucratically conferred. Therefore sustained humanitarian public concern is vita...
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Social psychology has established that oppositional we/they categorization is central to dis/identification with European integration (Hewstone, 1986 Chryssochoou, 2000; Mummendey and Walduz, 2004). As Europe faces fresh uncertainties, e.g. Brexit, this article reveals the multi-positional features of public opinion formation. Drawing on meta-repre...
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This article articulates a one-world narrative, which reconfigures human mobility in dialogical response to the ideational borders of the European Union. Fifty-two semi-structured interviews, in Scotland and Sweden, bring participants, ranging from people with refugee status to the generationally nonmobile, into dialogue with the integration ideals...
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This book studies the dynamics of political discourse in governance processes. It demonstrates the process in which political discourses become normative mechanisms, first marking socially constructed realities in politics, second playing a role in delineating the subsequent policy frames, and third influencing the public sphere. © Umut Korkut, Kes...
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This short evidence review was prepared to support the Building a Bridge project. It reviews Scottish and UK levels of trust and participation in political processes, as well as attitudes towards the European Union.
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This book studies the dynamics of political discourse in governance processes. Our starting point is Searle’s key argument—that some rules do not just regulate, but also create the possibility of the very behavior that they regulate (2010). Specifically, this book demonstrates the process in which political discourses become normative mechanisms, f...
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This chapter uses the ideational site of European citizenship in contribution to articulating the mechanisms of discursive governance. It focuses on one central challenge, that is, the development of the substantial figure of a dialogical citizen, embodied, relational, dynamic, and compelled to act. Understanding this figure provides one answer to...
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The European Elections are immanent and people across Europe will be asking questions about their belief in the future of the European project. We examine the parameters and possibilities to enact European Citizenship asking who are the new Euro-believers. This question, we suggest, is neither a matter of Europhile and Eurosceptic nor a question of...
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Despite decades of policy and academic focus, integration remains a contested and opaque concept. Yet in recent years with its promise of social cohesion and shared citizenship, it has obtained a morally privileged status in contrast to the political disenchantment now attached to multiculturalism. This chapter presents a case study on public perce...
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This evidence review was prepared to support the Building a Bridge project. It focuses on trust in political institutions and civic participation. It compares Scottish levels of political activity within the context of Europe as a whole.
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This short evidence review was prepared to support the Building a Bridge project. It reviews young people's levels of trust and participation in political processes, as well as their attitudes towards the European Union.
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This chapter follows the progress of the Young Person’s Centre (YPC), a training & guidance centre for young unemployed people, in it’s transition from a programme-centred service to a person-centred service. Sixteen months of participatory action research was carried out, involving interviews, observation and consultancy. Communication and social...

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The Citizens WorldViews Mapping Project is a citizen-voice project aiming to promote dialogue between citizens and their governments on vexed political questions or ‘wicked problems’. This project aims to de-polarise public opinion so the variety of citizen voices on these issues can be heard. The project uses an interactive on-line I-WorldViews Mapping Tool. This is a new interactive media tool which allows citizens to draw the world they would like to see in terms of migration-mobility and international relations. The pilot project involves - Scotland, England and Sweden.