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Wolfgang Wagner

Wolfgang Wagner

I am interested in theoretically based analyses of societal processes as there are: Culture change, public perception of science and technology, racism, stereotyping, social identity, violence, religious fundamentalism. Besides, I consider societal processes also a good source for theory building that complements experimental work. Theoretically I am working on several kinds of approaches including social representation theory. In terms of methodology I consider the strict division between qualitative and quantitative methods as obsolete. I feel at home in both.

Primary Interests:

  • Communication, Language
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Political Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition
  • Sociology, Social Networks


Journal Articles:

  • Gaskell, G., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., Castro, P., Esmer, Y., Fischler, C., Jackson, J., Kronberger, N., Hampel, J., Mejlgaard, N., Quintanilha, A., Rämmer, A., Revuelta, G., Stares, S., Torgersen, H., Wagner, W. (2011). The 2010 Eurobarometer on the life sciences. Nature-Biotechnology, 29, 113-114.
  • Gaskell, G., Allum, N. C., Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., Torgersen, H., Hampel, J., & Bardes, J. (2004). GM foods and the misperception of risk perception. Risk Analysis, 24, 185-194.
  • Holtz, P., & Wagner, W. (2009). Essentialism and attribution of monstrosity in racist discourse: Right-wing Internet postings about Africans and Jews. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 19(6), 411-425.
  • Kronberger, N., Holtz, P., & Wagner, W. (early view). Consequences of media information uptake and deliberation: Focus groups’ symbolic coping with synthetic biology. Public Understanding of Science.
  • Sen, R., & Wagner, W. (2009). Cultural mechanics of fundamentalism -- Religion as ideology, divided identities and violence in post-Gandhi India. Culture and Psychology, 15(3), 299-326.
  • Wagner, W. (2007). Vernacular science knowledge: Its role in everyday life communication. Public Understanding of Science, 16, 1, 7-22.
  • Wagner, W., Duveen, G., Verma, J., & Themel, M. (2000). "I have some faith and at the same time I don't believe in it"--Cognitive polyphasia and culture change. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 10, 301-314.
  • Wagner, W., Holtz, P., & Kashima, Y. (2009). Construction and deconstruction of essence in representing social groups: Identity projects, stereotyping, and racism. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 39(3), 363-383.
  • Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., Nagata, M., Sen, R., Holtz, P., & Flores Palacios, F. (2010). Essentialist theory of "hybrids": From animal kinds to ethnic categories and race. Asian Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., & Seifert, F. (2002). Collective symbolic coping with new technology: Knowledge, images and public discourse. British Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 323-343.
  • Wagner, W., Sen, R., Permanadeli, R. & Howarth, C. (forthcoming). The veil and Muslim women’s identity: cultural pressures and resistance to stereotyping. Culture & Psychology.

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