Political Psychology Situations, Individuals, and Cases

ISBN-10: 0415990149
ISBN-13: 9780415990141
Edition: 2009
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List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

What shapes political behavior more: the situations in which individuals find themselves, or the internal psychological makeup-beliefs, values, and so on-of those individuals? This is perhaps the leading division within the psychological study of politics today. Political Psychology: Situations, Individuals, and Cases provides a concise, readable, and conceptually-organized introduction to the topic of political psychology by examining this very question.Using this situationism-dispositionism frameworkwhich roughly parallels the concerns of social and cognitive psychologythis book focuses on such key explanatory mechanisms as behaviorism, obedience, personality, groupthink, cognition, affect, emotion, and neuroscience to explore topics ranging from voting behavior and racism to terrorism and international relations.Houghton's clear and engaging examples directly challenge students to place themselves in both real and hypothetical situations which involve intense moral and political dilemmas. This highly readable text will provide students with the conceptual foundation they need to make sense of the rapidly changing and increasingly important field of political psychology.David Patrick Houghton is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Introduction
The Conceptual Scheme of This Book
A Brief History of the Discipline
The Situation
Behaviorism and Human Freedom
The Psychology of Obedience
Creating a "Bad Barrel"
Group Decision-Making
The Individual
Psychobiography
Personality and Beliefs
Cognition
Affect and Emotion
Neuroscience
Bringing the Two Together
The Psychology of Voting Behavior
The Psychology of Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Genocide
The Psychology of Racism and Political Intolerance
The Psychology of Terrorism
The Psychology of International Relations
Conclusion: A Personal View
Notes
Index

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