Political Psychology Situations, Individuals, and Cases
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publication date: 12/3/2008
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Figures and Tables|
|The Conceptual Scheme of This Book|
|A Brief History of the Discipline|
|Behaviorism and Human Freedom|
|The Psychology of Obedience|
|Creating a "Bad Barrel"|
|Personality and Beliefs|
|Affect and Emotion|
|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|