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Dr Joseph Sweetman

Dr Joseph Sweetman

Lecturer

 2499

 +44 (0)1392 722499

 Washington Singer 217

 

Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

 Office hours:

Office Hours for Term 1 in 2019/20:
·  Mondays 13:30-14:30
·  Wednesdays 10:00-11:00

Overview

Broadly speaking, my research interest focuses on understanding how people think, feel, and act in relation to political and moral issues. I am currently developing a programme of basic research along these lines. In addition, I am developing a programme of applied research to address priority areas such as social inequality, health and well-being, and pro-environmental behaviour. 

Qualifications

Post Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (Cardiff University)

PhD (Cardiff University)

MSc (Cardiff University)

Career

I conducted my doctoral research at the School of Psychology (Cardiff University) as part of a 1 + 3 ESRC Studentship. After winning the Hadyn Ellis prize for best PhD dissertation I went on to take up a fixed-term lecturer position within the school. Having lectured between 2011-2013 I took up a HASS Research Fellowship in Psychology at Exeter between 2013-2016. I have now returned to academic staff as a lecturer here at Exeter.

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Research

Research interests

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on the way people think, feel, and act in relation to political and moral issues. Some of my research questions include: 

How do we think and act in relation to social hierarchy? Forms of social hierarchy based on gender, class, or race are ubiquitous in human socities. I'm interested in examining how these systems of group-based hierarchy and opression are maintained and alterted through political thought and action. My work in this area has examined the role of emotions such as admiration and the key role of ideology in regulating systems of social hierachy.

What constitutes our moral knowledge? Why are some actions morally permissible while other, very similar actions (e.g., in terms of outcomes), are not. I am interested in explaining how we make judgments of the deontic status of an unlimted array of actions, characters, and institutions. This is a relatively new line of research and I am drawing on insights from dual process and moral grammar accounts of moral cognition. 

How do people think about future societies and forms of social organisation and how does this influence political action? I'm interested in the "radical imagination" and the role that imagining alternatives (e.g., "another world is possible") plays in political action and changes to systems of group-based hierarchy and opression.

What evidence-based contribution can social psychology make to tackling social problems? Inspired by Kenneth and Mamie Clark and Ignacio Martín-Baró, I am interested in the potential for psychological science to inform evidence-based social polcies in areas such as inequality, health and climate change. My initial work in this programme of research has been examining the evidence for current forms of equality and diversity training interventions within higher education.

Grants/Funding

2014: £5,000 Equality Challenge Unit - evaluation of unconcious bias training.

2010: ESRC visiting scholar award.

2006-2011: ESRC 1 + 3 Doctoral research studentship.

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Sweetman J, Maio G, Spears R, Manstead A, Livingstone A (In Press). Attitude toward protest uniquely predicts (normative and nonnormative) political action by (advantaged and disadvantaged) group members. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology Full text.
Stewart AL, Sweetman J (2018). Scholarship and Activism Diverge: Responding to MLK's Call with Theory and Research on Diversity, Political Action, and Resistance to Oppression. Journal of Social Issues, 74, 204-213. Full text.
Sweetman J (2018). When Similarities are more Important than Differences: “Politically Black”Union Members’ Experiences of Racism and Participation in Union Leadership. Journal of Social Issues, 74, 244-264. Full text.
Sweetman J, Whitmarsh LE (2016). Climate Justice: High-Status Ingroup Social Models Increase Pro-Environmental Action Through Making Actions Seem More Moral. Top Cogn Sci, 8(1), 196-221. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Stewart AL, Pratto F, Bou Zeineddine F, Sweetman J, Eicher V, Licata L, Morselli D, Saab R, Aiello A, Chryssochoou X, et al (2016). International support for the Arab uprisings: Understanding sympathetic collective action using theories of social dominance and social identity. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 19(1), 6-26. Abstract.  Full text.
Livingstone AG, Sweetman J, Bracht EM, Haslam SA (2015). “We have no quarrel with you”: Effects of group status on characterizations of “conflict” with an outgroup. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 16-26. Full text.
Sweetman J, Leach CW, Spears R, Pratto F, Saab R (2014). "I have a dream": a typology of social change goals. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 1, 293-320. Full text.
Pratto F, Saguy T, Stewart AL, Morselli D, Foels R, Aiello A, Aranda M, Cidam A, Chryssochoou X, Durrheim K, et al (2014). Attitudes Toward Arab Ascendance: Israeli and Global Perspectives. Psychological Science, 25(1), 85-94. Abstract.
Sweetman J, Spears R, Livingstone AG, Manstead ASR (2013). Admiration regulates social hierarchy: Antecedents, dispositions, and effects on intergroup behavior. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 49(3), 534-542. Author URL.  Full text.
Pratto F, Çidam A, Stewart AL, Zeineddine FB, Aranda M, Aiello A, Chryssochoou X, Cichocka A, Cohrs JC, Durrheim K, et al (2013). Social Dominance in Context and in Individuals: Contextual Moderation of Robust Effects of Social Dominance Orientation in 15 Languages and 20 Countries. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4(5), 587-599. Abstract.  Full text.
Sweetman J, Leach CW, Spears R, Pratto F, Saab R (2013). “I have a dream”: a typology of social change goals. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 1(1), 293-320. Abstract.

Chapters

Holroyd J, Sweetman J (2016). The Heterogeneity of Implicit Bias. In Brownstein M, Saul J (Eds.) Philosophy and implicit bias: Metaphysics and epistemology, New York: Oxford University Press. Abstract.  Full text.
Spears R, Leach C, Zomeran M, Ispas A, Sweetman JP, Tausch N (2011). Intergroup Emotions: More than the Sum of the Parts. In Nyklâiécek I, Vingerhoets AJJM, Zeelenberg M (Eds.) Emotion Regulation and Well-Being, Springer, 121-145.  Abstract.
Spears R, Greenwood R, de Lemus S, Sweetman J (2010). Legitimacy, social identity, and power. In Guinote A, Vescio TK (Eds.) The Social Psychology of Power, Guilford Publications, 251-283.

Reports

Sweetman JP (2017). Evaluation of train the trainers unconscious bias training (Phase II)., Equality Challenge Unit. Abstract.  Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Sweetman J, Maio G, Spears R, Manstead A, Livingstone A (In Press). Attitude toward protest uniquely predicts (normative and nonnormative) political action by (advantaged and disadvantaged) group members. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology Full text.

2018

Stewart AL, Sweetman J (2018). Scholarship and Activism Diverge: Responding to MLK's Call with Theory and Research on Diversity, Political Action, and Resistance to Oppression. Journal of Social Issues, 74, 204-213. Full text.
Sweetman J (2018). When Similarities are more Important than Differences: “Politically Black”Union Members’ Experiences of Racism and Participation in Union Leadership. Journal of Social Issues, 74, 244-264. Full text.

2017

Sweetman JP (2017). Evaluation of train the trainers unconscious bias training (Phase II)., Equality Challenge Unit. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Sweetman J, Whitmarsh LE (2016). Climate Justice: High-Status Ingroup Social Models Increase Pro-Environmental Action Through Making Actions Seem More Moral. Top Cogn Sci, 8(1), 196-221. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Stewart AL, Pratto F, Bou Zeineddine F, Sweetman J, Eicher V, Licata L, Morselli D, Saab R, Aiello A, Chryssochoou X, et al (2016). International support for the Arab uprisings: Understanding sympathetic collective action using theories of social dominance and social identity. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 19(1), 6-26. Abstract.  Full text.
Holroyd J, Sweetman J (2016). The Heterogeneity of Implicit Bias. In Brownstein M, Saul J (Eds.) Philosophy and implicit bias: Metaphysics and epistemology, New York: Oxford University Press. Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Livingstone AG, Sweetman J, Bracht EM, Haslam SA (2015). “We have no quarrel with you”: Effects of group status on characterizations of “conflict” with an outgroup. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 16-26. Full text.

2014

Sweetman J, Leach CW, Spears R, Pratto F, Saab R (2014). "I have a dream": a typology of social change goals. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 1, 293-320. Full text.
Pratto F, Saguy T, Stewart AL, Morselli D, Foels R, Aiello A, Aranda M, Cidam A, Chryssochoou X, Durrheim K, et al (2014). Attitudes Toward Arab Ascendance: Israeli and Global Perspectives. Psychological Science, 25(1), 85-94. Abstract.

2013

Sweetman J, Spears R, Livingstone AG, Manstead ASR (2013). Admiration regulates social hierarchy: Antecedents, dispositions, and effects on intergroup behavior. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 49(3), 534-542. Author URL.  Full text.
Pratto F, Çidam A, Stewart AL, Zeineddine FB, Aranda M, Aiello A, Chryssochoou X, Cichocka A, Cohrs JC, Durrheim K, et al (2013). Social Dominance in Context and in Individuals: Contextual Moderation of Robust Effects of Social Dominance Orientation in 15 Languages and 20 Countries. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4(5), 587-599. Abstract.  Full text.
Sweetman J, Leach CW, Spears R, Pratto F, Saab R (2013). “I have a dream”: a typology of social change goals. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 1(1), 293-320. Abstract.

2011

Spears R, Leach C, Zomeran M, Ispas A, Sweetman JP, Tausch N (2011). Intergroup Emotions: More than the Sum of the Parts. In Nyklâiécek I, Vingerhoets AJJM, Zeelenberg M (Eds.) Emotion Regulation and Well-Being, Springer, 121-145.  Abstract.

2010

Spears R, Greenwood R, de Lemus S, Sweetman J (2010). Legitimacy, social identity, and power. In Guinote A, Vescio TK (Eds.) The Social Psychology of Power, Guilford Publications, 251-283.

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Teaching

I currently teach the following modules:

PSY3401 Research project

PSY3432 The moral mind (Module convenor)

PSY2213 Social psychology II: Practical (Module convenor)

Modules

2019/20


Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

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