Geography and Collective Responsibility

The Psychological Links between Presentations of Geography and Perceptions of Collective Responsibility

Project description

Within the context of war, the constructed nature of borders becomes acutely apparent, and assertions regarding geopolitical space become statements of ideology and collective ownership. Similarly, how the location in which mass violence takes place can influence perceptions of those events. This line of research is examining how, when speaking about the location of mass violence, statements of geography influence assessments of collective responsibility. We are also examining the implications of these findings for education, commemoration, and the cultivation of collective memory.


Mazur, L.B. (in press). Where were the concentration camps? The porous border between geography and responsibility. Psychology and Society.


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