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Political Psychology

Key Readings, 1st Edition

Edited by John T. Jost, Jim Sidanius

Psychology Press

512 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781841690704
pub: 2004-03-18
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pub: 2004-03-30

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Political psychology is a dynamic subfield at the intersection of psychology and political science. The specific relationship between politics and social psychology has been steadily evolving in recent years, making it a compelling and exciting area of study. The chapters in this reader were written by leading scholars in the areas of political science and social psychology. Both contemporary and classic articles are compiled, demonstrating the ever-changing nature of political psychology and offering comprehensive coverage of social psychological research into the processes that have governed local and global affairs in the postmodern world. Topics covered include authoritarianism, political leadership, public opinion, decision-making, prejudice, intergroup relations, terrorism, and revolution.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Historical Introduction

The Poly-Psy Relationship: Three Phases of A Long Affair, W.J. McGuire

Part II. Personality and Politics

A. Authoritarianism and Mass Psychology

The Authoritarian Personality and the Organization of Attitudes, R. Brown

Threat and Authoritarianism in the United States: 1978-1987, R.M. Doty, B.E. Peterson, and D.G. Winter

The Other "Authoritarian Personality,"B. Altemeyer

B. Political Elites and Leadership

Can Personality and Politics Be Studied Systematically?,F. Greenstein

Leader Appeal, Leader Performance, and the Motive Profiles of Leaders and Followers: A Study of American Presidents and Elections,D.G. Winter

Part III. Mass Media and Candidate Perception

Experimental Demonstrations of the "not-so-animal" Consequences of Television News Programs,S. Iyengar, M. Peters, and D. Kinder

Altering the Foundation of Support for the President Through Priming, J.A. Krosnick and D.R. Kinder

Anxiety, Enthusiasm, and the Vote: The Emotional Underpinnings of Learning and Involvement During Presidential Campaigns, G.E. Marcus and M. MacKuen

Part IV. Idealogy and Public Opinion

A. Does Ideology Exist?

The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics, P.E. Converse

The Origins and Meaning of Liberal-Conservative Self-Identification, P. Conover and S. Feldman

B. Cognitive Style and Ideological Functioning

The Fear of Equality, R.E. Lane

Cognitive Style and Political Belief Systems in the British House of Commons, P.E. Tetlock

Part V. Challenges of Decision-Making

Contrasting Rational and Psychological Analyses of Political Choice, G.A. Quattrone and A. Tversky

The Drunkard's Search, R. Jervis

Part VI. Prejudice, Diversity, and Social Contact

A. Theories of Intergroup Relations in Society

The Social Identity Theory of Intergroup Behavior, H. Tajfel and J.C. Turner

The Role of Stereotyping in System-Justification and the Production of False Consciousness, J.T. Jost and M.R. Banaji

Social Dominance Theory: A New Synthesis, J. Sidanius and R. Pratto

B. The Enduring Problem of Racism

Group Conflict, Prejudice and the Paradox of Contemporary Racial Attitudes, L. Bobo

Is It Really Racism? The Origins of White Americans' opposition to race-targeted Policies, D.O. Sears, C. Van Laar, M. Carrillo, and R. Kosterman

Part VII. Conflict, Violence, and Political Transformation

A. The Social Psychology of Wrongdoing and Harm

Social Organization for the Production of Evil, J.M. Darley

The Psychology of Political Terrorism, M. Crenshaw

B. Protest and Revolution

Theoretical Approaches to Explaining Collective Political Violence, H. Eckstein

Politicized and Collectie Identity, B. Simon and B. Klandermans

About the Series

Key Readings in Social Psychology

Given the need to be selective and to provide a coherent perspective on each theme within a single book, the editors have generally tackled a difficult brief extremely well. The breadth and depth make a volume suitable for use in many final-year and masters-degree courses in social psychology. It also provides an ideal introduction to top-level original research articles that should motivate students to pursue the current literature in a more targeted way. […] This is an excellent series that will provide an invaluable compendium of the themes that have dominated the 20th Century.” - Diane Houston, University of Kent, in the Times Higher Education Supplement

The aim of the series is to make available to senior undergraduate and graduate students key articles in each area of social psychology in an attractive, user-friendly format.

Many professors want to encourage their students to engage directly with research in their fields, yet this can often be daunting for students coming to detailed study of a topic for the first time.

Moreover, declining library budgets mean that articles are not always readily available, and course packs can be expensive and time-consuming to produce.

Key Readings in Social Psychology aims to address this need by providing comprehensive volumes, each one of which is edited by a senior and active researcher in the field.

Articles are carefully chosen to illustrate the way the field has developed historically as well as current issues and research directions.

Each volume has a similar structure that includes:

  • An overview chapter, as well as introduction to sections and articles;
  • Questions for class discussion;
  • Annotated bibliographies;
  • Full author and subject indices;
  • The article How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology, especially prepared for this series by Christian H. Jordan and Mark P. Zanna

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology