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The Psychology of Conservatism (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Glenn Wilson


278 pages

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First published in 1973, The Psychology of Conservatism explores attitudes, their measurement, their structure and dynamics, and the personality traits apparently underlying attitude patterns. It examines the link between differing attitudes and discusses characteristic patterns and syndromes. The book focuses on the origins and dynamics of a major factor called "liberalism – conservatism" which is found to account for much of the variance in attitudes amongst different people. Contributors review previous studies relating to personality and attitude before engaging in new studies and proposing their own theories to explain the conservative attitude. The book introduces provocative theoretical ideas and provides a valuable examination of an important psychological and social attitude syndrome. This book will be of interest to researchers in personality and social psychology, sociology and political science and education.

Table of Contents

Contributors; Foreword; 1. The Concept of Conservatism 2. Conservatism, Authoritarianism and Related Variables a Review and Empirical Study 3. The Need for a New Approach to Attitude Measurement 4. Development and Evaluation of the C-Scale 5. The Factor Structure of the C-Scale 6. Measurement and Structure of Children’s Attitudes 7. Religion, Racialism and Conservatism 8. Theological Conservatism 9. Conservatism and Superstitious Behaviour 10. Conservatism and Aesthetic Judgements 11. Conservatism and Response to Humour 12. The Temperamental Basis of Attitudes 13. Stimulus-Seeking and Conservatism 14. Conservatism Within Families: A Study of the Generation Gap 15. Conservatism, Psychiatry and Mental Distress 16. Attitudes to the Common Market: A Case Study in Conservatism 17. A Dynamic Theory of Conservatism

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology