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Authoritarian Specter

ISBN-10: 0674053052

ISBN-13: 9780674053052

Edition: 1996

Authors: Bob Altemeyer

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The bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, the emergence of militias and skinheads, the rise of the religious right, the attacks on Planned Parenthood clinics, the backlash against equal rights movements, the increase in poverty...these, according to Bob Altemeyer, are all versions of one story--the authoritarian personality in action. But aren't authoritarians Nazi types, kooks, the Klan? These are just the extreme examples, he argues. The Authoritarian Specter shows that many ordinary people today are psychologically disposed to embrace antidemocratic, fascist policies. The book presents the latest results from a prize-winning research program on the authoritarian personality--a victory for the scientific method in the struggle to understand the worst aspects of ourselves. It connects for the first time the many ways authoritarianism undermines democracy. Many of our biggest problems, seemingly unrelated, have authoritarian roots. The scientific studies demonstrating this are extensive and thorough; their powerful findings are presented in a conversational, clear manner that engages readers from all backgrounds. This is an important, timely work. It explains a growing movement to submit to a "man on horseback," to attack those who are different, to march in lockstep. Altemeyer reveals that these sentiments are strongly held even by many American lawmakers. These discoveries deserve careful attention in a presidential election year.
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Book details

List price: $81.50
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/15/1996
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 376
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Introduction: Twenty Stories
Previous Research on Right-Wing Authoritarianism
Studying Authoritarianism: Research Methodology and Methodology Research
The Personal Origins of Right-Wing Authoritarianism
The Cognitive Behavior of Authoritarians
Inconsistency and Blindness in the Authoritarian Mind
Authoritarianism and Religion
Sex and the Single Authoritarian
Dogmatism
Left-Wing Authoritarianism
The Effects of Hate Literature
The Authoritarianism of Legislators in North America
Conclusion: A Few Last Words on the Subject
Notes
References
Index