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Prof.dr. P.G. Klandermans

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Bert Klandermans is professor in Applied Social Psychology. The emphasis in his work is on the social psychological consequences of social, economical and political change. He has published extensively on the social psychology of participation in political protest, social movements and labor unions. He is the editor of Social Movements, Protest, and Contention, the prestigious book series of the University of Minnesota Press. His Social Psychology of Protest appeared with Blackwell in 1997.He is the editor and co-author (with Suzanne Staggenborg) of Methods of Social Movement Research (University of Minnesota Press, 2002) and (with Nonna Mayer) of  Extreme Right Activists in Europe (Routledge, 2006). With Conny Roggeband he edited the Handbook of Social movements across disciplines (Springer, 2007). He is the editor of Sociopedia and co-editor of Blackwell/Wiley’s Encyclopedia of Social Movements. He was president of the Collective Behavior and Social Movement Section of the American Sociological Association; vice-president of the International Sociological Association; currently he is vice-president (2008-2010) of the. International Society of Political Psychology; of which he is the president-elect (for the term of 2011-2012).

Recent research projects

Social psychological consequences of the political changes in South Africa. During the seven years between 1994 and 2001 survey data were collected yearly among samples (between 2.000 and 2.500 each) of the South African population. Variables included: inequality, relative deprivation, trust in institutions, identity, political participation, social embeddedness.
(Bert Klandermans, Marlene Roefs & Johan Olivier. The state of the people:  Citizens, civil society and
governance in South Africa, 1994-2000. Pretoria: Human Science Research Council. 2001.
Bert Klandermans, Marlene Roefs, and Johan Olivier. Grievance formation in a country in transition. South Africa 1994-1998. Social Psychology Quarterly. 2001, 64: 41-54.
Bert Klandermans, Marlene Roefs, and Johan Olivier. 2005. Growing the Grassroots: Participation in Grassroots Organizations in South Africa. Pp.127-148 in Processes of Community Change and Social Action  edited by Alan Omoto. The Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology. Lawrence Erlbaum, Mahwah, New Jersey.
Bert Klandermans, Merel Werner, and Marjoka van Doorn. 2008. Redeeming Apartheid's Legacy: Collective Guilt, Political Ideology, and Compensation. Political Psychology, 29: 331-350.)

The rational of rightwing extremism. When, how and why activist became involve in the extreme right. Life history interviews with 150 activists from the extreme right in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.
(Bert Klandermans and Nonna Mayer. Militer à l`extrême droite. Pp. 147-162 in Les croisés de la sociétéfermée. L’Europe des extrême droites. Edited by Pascal Perrineau. La Tour d’Aigues: Edition de l’Aube. 2001.
Bert Klandermans, Annette Linden and Nonna Mayer. 2005. Le monde des militants d’extrême droite en Belgique, en France, en Allemagne, en Italie et aux Pays Bas. Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, 12: 469-485.
Annette Linden and Bert Klandermans. 2006. Stigmatization and Repression of Extreme Right the Netherlands. Mobilization, 11: 141-157
Bert Klandermans & Nonna Mayer.. Extreme Right Activists in Europe. Through the Magnifying Glass. London: Routledge, 2006.
Annette Linden and Bert Klandermans. 2007. Revolutionaries, Wanderers, Converts, and Compliants: LifeHistories of Extreme Right Activists. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 36: 184-201.)

Collective action participation amongimmigrants.
A study among Turkish and Moroccan citizens in the Netherlands and Turkish citizens in New York. Variables included: grievances, political cynicism, dual identity, social embeddedness, efficacy, and collective action participation.
(Bert Klandermans, Jojanneke van de Toorn and Jacquelien van Stekelenburg. 2008. Embeddedness and grievances: Collective action participation among immigrants. American Sociological Review, 73: 992-1012.)

A comparative study of protest demonstrations in various countries. Who is participating? What are the reasons to participate? How were participants mobilized? How do national context and mobilizing context influence the answers to these questions?
(Caught in the Act of Protest: Contextualizing Contestation (CCC). European Collaborative Research Project in the Social Sciences. European Science Foundation—Project Leader)


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  • Samenleving
  • Sociale verandering
  • Demonstraties
  • Protest
  • Identiteit
  • Mobilisatie
  • Motivatie en emotie


Bert Klandermans is tevens Ambassadeur van het Wereldtalentfonds van de Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen. Het doel van het Wereldtalentfonds is om getalenteerde buitenlandse studenten met een tekort aan eigen financiële middelen een beurs aan te bieden om een jaar aan de faculteit te komen studeren.


Publications (Source: METIS VU)

Free to download:
Book: The Social Psychology of Protest. Klandermans, 1997. 



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