1st Edition

Gender and Political Psychology

Edited By Zoe Oxley Copyright 2016
    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book showcases new work done by gender politics scholars and political psychologists, covering a variety of political psychology topics. These include stereotyping and prejudice, intergroup conflict, social identity, attitude formation, group affinity, group decision-making, anxiety, contextual effects on individual behaviour, and the evolutionary roots of political behaviour. Political psychological insights are applied to address topics of longstanding concern within the field of gender and politics.

    Among the citizenry, gender differences in political ideology, responses to partisan conflict, Hispanic identity formation, and symbolic racism are explored. Other chapters pose the following questions relating to female candidates: What have been the effects of state parties’ gender-inclusive policies? Who is most likely to gender stereotype candidates? Are general attitudes toward women in political office related to vote choice in specific contests? What are the implications of politicized motherhood? Finally, a set of essays engage a variety of themes related to gender, decision-making rules, and authority in small deliberative bodies. This book was originally published as a special issue of Politics, Groups, and Identities.

    Introduction: Gender and political psychology Zoe M. Oxley

    1. Same blueprint, different bricks: reexamining the sources of the gender gap in political ideology Meghan Condon and Amber Wichowsky

    2. Why partisan warriors don’t listen: the gendered dynamics of intergroup anxiety and partisan conflict Patrick R. Miller and Pamela Johnston Conover

    3. Americana or Latina? Gender and identity acquisition among Hispanics in the United States Heather Silber Mohamed

    4. Untangling the gender gap in symbolic racist attitudes among white Americans Angie Maxwell

    5. The unintended effects of political party affirmative action policies on female candidates’ nomination chances Angela L. Bos

    6. Who stereotypes female candidates? Identifying individual differences in feminine stereotype reliance Nichole M. Bauer

    7. Making the connection? Attitudes about women in politics and voting for women candidates Kathleen Dolan and Timothy Lynch

    8. Mothers on the campaign trail: implications of Politicized Motherhood for women in politics Grace Deason, Jill S. Greenlee and Carrie A. Langner

    Dialogue: Gender, Group Deliberation, and Authority

    9. Why women’s numbers elevate women’s influence, and when they do not: rules, norms, and authority in political discussion Christopher F. Karpowitz, Tali Mendelberg and Lauren Mattioli

    10. Women’s agency and voice: a commentary on Karpowitz, Mendelberg, and Mattioli Leonie Huddy

    11. Empowerment versus backlash: gender quotas and critical mass theory Mona Lena Krook

    12. Gendered politics: political psychology at the intersection of the individual and the environment Nicholas J.G. Winter

    13. Numbers, rules, norms, and authority . . . but where are the people? Some thoughts on Karpowitz, Mendelberg, and Mattioli Rebecca J. Hannagan

    14. How group forces demonstrate the malleability of gendered behaviour Christopher F. Karpowitz, Tali Mendelberg and Lauren Mattioli


    Zoe M. Oxley is Professor of Political Science at Union College, Schenectady, NY, USA. Her research interests include women in electoral politics, gender and public opinion, gender stereotyping, and the effects of the media on public opinion. She is the co-author of Public Opinion: Democratic Ideals, Democratic Practice (2012).