Howarth, Caroline

Dr Caroline Howarth  


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Experience keywords:

community; ethnicity; identity; intercultural relations; interfaith; multiculturism; racism; school exclusion; whiteness; youth

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Caroline Howarth's research focuses on the relationships between culture, identity, racism and agency. In particular, she explores how representations of different communities and social groups impinge on how these communities and groups define and so represent themselves.

Theories of social representations and social identities have proved invaluable in conceptualising the role of representation in identity formation, in the marginalisation and racialisation of different communities and in the assertion of community pride and positive self-identities. She has explored these complex and sometimes controversial issues in relation mixed-heritage identities and community art, to resistance and the cultural exclusion of black children at school, the racialised and gendered dynamics to the (re)production of local youth identities, the impact of others' stigmatising representations on identity, the social psychology of community and the consequences of difference in the research relationship.

She has recently completely a research project exploring social representations of multiculturalism in English schools which examines possibilities for intercultural dialogue, effective anti-racism and engaged diversity.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Creative Industries and Culture; Policy and Regulatory Bodies

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Fiji; Papua New Guinea; South Africa; UK

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+44 (0)20 7955 7339



Andreouli, Eleni and Howarth, Caroline (2018) Everyday cosmopolitanism in representations of Europe among young Romanians in Britain Sociology. ISSN 0038-0385 (In Press)


Phoenix, Ann and Howarth, Caroline and Philogène, Gina (2017) The everyday politics of identities and social representations: a critical approach Papers on Social Representations, 26 (1). 2.1-2.21. ISSN 1021-5573

Amer, Amena and Howarth, Caroline (2017) Constructing and contesting threat: representations of white British Muslims across British national and Muslim newspapers European Journal of Social Psychology. ISSN 0046-2772

Obradović, Sandra and Howarth, Caroline (2017) The power of politics: how political leaders in Serbia discursively manage identity continuity and political change to shape the future of the nation European Journal of Social Psychology, 48 (1). O25-O35. ISSN 0046-2772


Obradović, Sandra and Reddy, Geetha and Gleibs, Ilka H. and Howarth, Caroline (2016) New publication: the social psychology of everyday politics Psychology at LSE (20 Oct 2016) blog

Howarth, Caroline and Ahmet, Akile (2016) ‘We need to speak about race’: examining the barriers to full and equal participation in university life Impact of Social Sciences Blog (14 Apr 2016) Blog entry

Andreouli, Eleni and Greenland, Katy and Howarth, Caroline (2016) ‘I don’t think racism is that bad any more’: exploring the ‘end of racism’ discourse among students in English schools European Journal of Social Psychology, 46 (2). 171-184. ISSN 0046-2772

Howarth, Caroline and Andreouli, Eleni (2016) “Nobody wants to be an outsider”: from diversity management to diversity engagement Political Psychology, 37 (3). 327-340. ISSN 0162-895X

Batel, Susana and Castro, Paula and Devine-Wright, Patrick and Howarth, Caroline (2016) Developing a critical agenda to understand pro-environmental actions: contributions from social representations and social practices theories Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 7 (5). 727-745. ISSN 1757-7780


Kessi, Shose and Howarth, Caroline (2015) Social change and continuity: connecting reflexivity and community development In: Marsico, G. and Ruggieri, R. and Salvatore, S., (eds.) Reflexivity and Change in Psychology. The yearbook of idiographic science (6). Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC, USA.

Howarth, Caroline and Cornish, Flora and Gillespie, Alex (2015) Making communities: diversity, movement and interdependence In: Sammut, Gordon and Andreouli, Eleni and Gaskell, George and Valsiner, J., (eds.) Handbook of Social Representations. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 179-192. ISBN 978-1-107-04200-1

Wagner, Wolfgang and Kello, Katrin and Howarth, Caroline (2015) "Are they crazy?": social representations, conformism, and behavior Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46 (10). 1295-1299. ISSN 0022-0221

Howarth, Caroline and Andreouli, Eleni (2015) ‘Changing the context’: tackling discrimination at school and in society International Journal of Educational Development, 41. 184-191. ISSN 0738-0593

Amer, Amena and Howarth, Caroline and Sen, Ragini (2015) Diasporic virginities: social representations of virginity and identity formation amongst British Arab Muslim women Culture and Psychology, 21 (1). 3-19. ISSN 1354-067X

Rodríguez López, Maivel and Andreouli, Eleni and Howarth, Caroline (2015) From ex-combatants to citizens: connecting everyday citizenship and social reintegration in Colombia Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 3 (2). 171-191. ISSN 2195-3325


Ahmed, Bipasha and Howarth, Caroline (2014) Race In: Teo, Thomas, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer Reference. Springer, New York, USA, 1625-1629. ISBN 9781461455820

Sammut, Gordon and Howarth, Caroline (2014) Social representations In: Teo, Thomas, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer Reference. Springer, New York, USA, 1799-1802. ISBN 9781461455820

Andreouli, Eleni and Howarth, Caroline and Sonn, Christopher (2014) The role of schools in promoting inclusive communities in contexts of diversity Journal of Health Psychology, 19 (1). 16-21. ISSN 1359-1053

Howarth, Caroline and Wagner, Wolfgang and Magnusson, Nicola and Sammut, Gordon (2014) "It’s only other people who make me feel black": acculturation, identity and agency in a multicultural community Political Psychology, 35 (1). 81-95. ISSN 0162-895X

Sen, Ragini and Wagner, Wolfgang and Howarth, Caroline (2014) Secularism and religion in multifaith societies: the case of India SpringerBriefs in political science. Springer. ISBN 9783319019215


Howarth, Caroline and Nicholson, Catherine and Whitney, Teresa (2013) Stigma In: Mason, Patrick L., (ed.) Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Macmillan Reference USA. ISBN 9780028661742

Howarth, Caroline and Campbell, Catherine and Cornish, Flora and Franks, Bradley and Garcia-Lorenzo, Lucia and Gillespie, Alex and Gleibs, Ilka H. and Goncalves-Portelinha, I. and Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Lahlou, Saadi and Mannell, Jenevieve Claire and Reader, Tom W. and Tennant, C. (2013) Insights from societal psychology: a contextual politics of societal change Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 1 (1). 364-384. ISSN 2195-3325


Howarth, Caroline and Wagner, Wolfgang and Kessi, Shose and Sen, Ragini (2012) The politics of moving beyond prejudice Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35 (06). 437-438. ISSN 0140-525X

Gillespie, Alex and Howarth, Caroline and Cornish, Flora (2012) Four problems for researchers using social categories Culture and Psychology, 18 (3). 391-402. ISSN 1354-067X

Wagner, Wolfgang and Sen, Ragini and Permanadeli, Risa and Howarth, Caroline S. (2012) The veil and Muslim women's identity: cultural pressures and resistance to stereotyping Culture and Psychology, 18 (4). 521-541. ISSN 1354-067X

Andreouli, Eleni and Howarth, Caroline (2012) National identity and immigration: putting identity in context Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, Online. ISSN 0021-8308


Howarth, Caroline (2011) Representations, identity and resistance in communication In: Hook, Derek and Franks, Bradley and Bauer, Martin W., (eds.) The Social Psychology of Communication. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, 153-168. ISBN 9780230247369

Howarth, Caroline and Kalampalikis, Nikos and Castro, Paula (2011) 50 years of research on social representations: central debates and challenging questions Papers on Social Representations, 20 (2). 9.1-9.11. ISSN 1021-5573

Howarth, Caroline (2011) Towards a visual social psychology of identity and representation: photographing the self, weaving the family in a multicultural British community In: Reavey, Paula, (ed.) Visual Methods in Psychology: Using and Interpreting IMAges in Qualitative Research. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London, UK. ISBN 9780415483483


Howarth, Caroline (2010) Encouraging debate: the influence of Gerard Duveen Papers on Social Representations, 19 (1). 1.1-1.4. ISSN 1021-5573

Howarth, Caroline (2010) Revisiting gender identities and education: notes for a social psychology of resistant identities in modern culture Papers on Social Representations, 19 (1). 8.1-8.17. ISSN 1021-5573


Howarth, Caroline (2009) Towards scholarship, innovation and collaboration Papers on Social Representations, 18 (1). 1-4. ISSN 1021-5573

Howarth, Caroline (2009) ‘I hope we won’t have to understand racism one day’: Researching or reproducing ‘race’ in social psychological research? British Journal of Social Psychology, 48 (3). 407-426. ISSN 0144-6665


Howarth, Caroline (2008) Dialogue across disciplines: bringing politics to a social psychology of multiculture Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 18 (4). 349-350. ISSN 1052-9284


Howarth, Caroline (2007) "It’s not their fault that they have that colour skin, is it?" Young British children and the possibilities for contesting racializing representations In: Moloney, Gail and Walker, Iain, (eds.) Social Representations and Identity: Content, Process, and Power. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 131-156. ISBN 9781403979711


Howarth, Caroline (2006) School exclusion: when pupils do not feel part of the school community Journal of School Leadership. ISSN 1052-6846

Howarth, Caroline (2006) A social representation is not a quiet thing: exploring the critical potential of social representations theory British Journal of Social Psychology, 45 (1). 65-86. ISSN 0144-6665

Howarth, Caroline (2006) How social representations of attitudes have informed attitude theories: the consensual and the reified Theory and Psychology, 16 (5). 691-714. ISSN 0959-3543

Howarth, Caroline (2006) Race as stigma: positioning the stigmatized as agents, not objects Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 16 (6). 442-451. ISSN 1052-9284


Howarth, Caroline and Hook, Derek (2005) Towards a critical social psychology of racism: points of disruption Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 15 (6). 425-431. ISSN 1052-9284

Voelklein, Corina and Howarth, Caroline (2005) A review of controversies about social representations theory: a British debate Culture and Psychology, 11 (4). 431-454. ISSN 1354-067X

Howarth, Caroline and Hook, Derek (2005) Future directions for a critical social psychology of racism/antiracism Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 15 (6). 506-512. ISSN 1052-9284


Howarth, Caroline and Foster, Juliet and Dorrer, Nike (2004) Exploring the potential of the theory of social representations in community-based health research - and vice versa? Journal of Health Psychology, 9 (2). 229-245. ISSN 1359-1053

Howarth, Caroline (2004) Re-presentation and resistance in the context of school exclusion: reasons to be critical Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 14 (5). 356-377. ISSN 1052-9284

Howarth, Caroline (2002) Identity in whose eyes?: the role of representations in identity construction Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 32 (2). 145-162. ISSN 0021-8308

Howarth, Caroline (2002) Using the theory of social representations to explore difference in the research relationship Qualitative Research, 2 (1). 21-34. ISSN 1468-7941

Howarth, Caroline (2002) 'So, you're from Brixton?': the struggle for recognition and esteem in a multicultural community Ethnicities, 2 (2). 237-260. ISSN 1468-7968


Howarth, Caroline (2001) Towards a social psychology of community: a social representations perspective Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 31 (2). 223-238. ISSN 0021-8308

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