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Profile: Kesi Mahendran

Kesi Mahendran

About me

I am a social and political psychologist interested in the dialogue between citizens and their governments on vexed political questions where it is not always possible to arrive at a consensus. To research this I use a dialogical approach, inspired by the Russian ethical philsopher Bakhtin, which enables me to go beyond public opinion surveys and towards public dialogue. In this sense I am interested in working towards a more dialogical democracy.

To develop a dialogical psychology I draw from a wide range of political science and social and polititcal psychological fields including deliberative democracies studies, post-humanity, sexualisation studies, crowd psychology,  motivated reasoning, social representations and social identity studies. My research looks at migration-mobility, non-mobility, citizenship and belonging - mostly but not exclusively - within an European context.

One field I have focused on, which has become highly topicial, is the public's relationship with the parameters of the European Union Project. Here I look at European and global citizenship, as well as Cityzens (city identities), national identities, post-national identities and post-human identities. 

I'm on Twitter @DrKesiMOpen 


Kesi Mahendran's research

Kesi Mahendran et al. (2019) Reification and the Refugee: using a counterposing dialogical analysis to unlock a frozen category, In Journal of Social and Political Psychology 1(7)

Kesi Mahendran (2018) From polarized we/they public opinion on European Integration towards social representations of public dialogue, In Political Psychology 6(39)

Kesi Mahendran (2017-03-13) Public narratives on human mobility: Countering technocratic and humanitarian refugee narratives with a "one-world" solidarity narrative, In Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology 2(27)

Umut Korkut et al. (2015-09-10) Introduction: Discursive governance: operationalization and applications, Palgrave Macmillan

Kesi Mahendran, Ima Jackson and Anubhuti Kapoor (2015-09-10) Public Narratives Of European Citizenship – The Dialogical Citizen In The European Public Sphere., Palgrave Macmillan

Umut Korkut et al. (editors) (2015-09-01) Discursive Governance in Politics, Policy and the Public Sphere, Palgrave Macmillan

Kesi Mahendran (2013-07) “A two-way process of accommodation” Public perceptions of integration along the migration-mobility continuum, Palgrave Macmillan

Kesi Mahendran (2012-12-20) Introducing four psychologies of unemployment and their implications for intervention, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften

Kesi Mahendran and Deborah Cook (2007-03-20) Participation and Engagement in Politics and Policy Making:Building a Bridge Between Europe and its Citizens - Evidence Review Paper One, Scottish Executive

Kesi Mahendran and Iain McIver (2007-03-20) Attitudes Towards the European Union and the Challenges in Communicating 'Europe': Building a Bridge Between Europe and its Citizens - Evidence Review Paper Two, Scottish Executive

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