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Introduction to political psychology / Martha Cottam ... [et al.]
Bib ID 3093040
Format BookBook
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Description Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, c2004 
xvi, 343 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. 
ISBN 0805837701
Summary

"The first comprehensive textbook on political psychology, this user friendly volume explores the psychological origins of political behavior. Using psychological concepts to explain types of political behavior, the authors introduce readers to a broad range of theories and cases of political activity to illustrate the behavior. The book examines many patterns of political behaviors including leadership, group behavior, voting, race, ethnicity, nationalism, political extremism, terrorism, war, and genocide." "Introduction to political psychology explores some of the most horrific things people do to one another for political purposes as well as how to prevent and resolve conflict, and how to recover from it. The goal is to help the reader understand the enormous complexity of human behavior and the significant role political psychology can play in improving the human condition.".

"Designed for upper division courses on political psychology or political behavior, no prerequisites are required to understand this textbook. This volume also contains material of interest to those in the policymaking community who may be surprised to discover the extent to which perceptions, personality, and group dynamics affect the policymaking arena."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Ch. 1. An Introduction to Political Psychology
  • Ch. 2. Personality and Politics
  • Ch. 3. Cognition, Social Identity, Emotions, and Attitudes in Political Psychology
  • Ch. 4. The Political Psychology of Groups
  • Ch. 5. The Study of Political Leaders
  • Ch. 6. Voting, Role of the Media, and Tolerance
  • Ch. 7. The Political Psychology of Race and Ethnicity
  • Ch. 8. The Political Psychology of Nationalism
  • Ch. 9. The Political Psychology of Political Extremists
  • Ch. 10. The Political Psychology of International Security and Conflict.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-331) and index.

Subjects Political psychology.
Other authors/contributors Cottam, Martha L

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