Psychology and Developing Societies Announces a Special Issue on “Behaviour in Scarce Resource Environments”

March 2022, Volume 34, No. 1

Developing societies around the world today face an unprecedented situation. Globalization has exposed them to neo-liberal values and most people in such societies yearn to become a part of an aspirational society. Such societies are seen as competitive and driven more by selfishness and greed and less by what Gandhi desired, by need. In this special issue we invite papers to understand the emerging mind sets of people in the developing societies which are characterized by resource scarcity and have been exposed to globalization. We, particularly, want to focus on how exposure to the new sets of values brought about by globalization may have impacted the mind-sets of people in such societies. How may we explain the often paradoxical behavior of people in such societies? Has the scarcity mind-set of people in these societies made them less concerned with social issues and morally disengaged? Overall, how do the resource scarcity mind-sets influence psychological processes in developing societies and what are their implications at the societal level?

The thematic issue of Psychology and Developing Societies (PDS) will be published in March 2022. The papers submitted for consideration may be empirical or theoretical. We will also consider papers which address issues related to the theme based on research carried out within developing societies. As part of the Journal’s policy, preference will be given to papers that draw from the cultural, social, historical contexts of the developing societies and base their analyses on indigenous concepts.

Authors intending to submit their manuscripts may submit the abstract of about 250- 300 words by May 30, 2021 and their full papers by September 15, 2021 to Rama Charan Tripathi, Editor-in-Chief, PDS at, and endorse a copy to Namita Pande, Editor-in-charge, PDS at word length of the paper should be between 6000-8000 words (including references).