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Political Psychology: A Social Psychological Approach



Political Psychology: A Social Psychological Approach

Christopher J. Hewer (Editor), Evanthia Lyons (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-98239-6 November 2018 Wiley-Blackwell 376 Pages

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A research-based guide to political psychology that is filled with critical arguments from noted experts

Political Psychology is solidly grounded in empirical research and critical arguments. The text puts the emphasis on alternative approaches to psychological enquiry that challenge our traditional assumptions about the world. With contributions from an international panel of experts, the text contains a meaningful exchange of ideas that draw on the disciplines of social psychology, sociology, history, media studies and philosophy. This important text offers a broader understanding of the different intellectual positions that academics may take towards political psychology.

Comprehensive in scope Political Psychology provides a historical context to the subject and offers a critical history of common research methods. The contributors offer insight on political thought in psychology, the politics of psychological language, narrating as political action, political decision-making and much more. This important text:

  • Offers contributions from a panel of international experts on the topic
  • Includes a review of some political ideas associated with the work of Karl Marx, Erich Fromm, R.D. Laing, Michel Foucault and others
  • Presents information on prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination in the context of mass migration
  • Reviews a wide range of relevant topics such as identity, social exclusion and foreign policy and more
  • Contains questions for group debate and discussion at the end of each chapter              

Written for academics and students of political psychology, Political Psychology is a comprehensive resource that includes contributions from experts in a variety of fields and disciplines. 

List of Contributors xv

Preface xx

CHAPTER 1 Some Historical and Philosophical Considerations 1
Christopher J. Hewer

CHAPTER 2 A Critical History of Research Methods 28
Ron Roberts and Christopher J. Hewer

CHAPTER 3 From Alienation to Estrangement: Political Thought and Psychology 54
Ron Roberts

CHAPTER 4 The Politics of Psychological Language: Discourse and Rhetoric 73
Simon Locke

CHAPTER 5 Identity 93
Christopher J. Hewer and Evanthia Lyons

CHAPTER 6 Narrating as Political Action 114
Brian Schiff

CHAPTER 7 Connecting Social Exclusion and Agency: Social Class Matters 134
Sarah Jay, Orla Muldoon, and Caroline Howarth

CHAPTER 8 Migration 152
Spyridoula Ntani, Artemis M. Griva, and Xenia Chryssochoou

CHAPTER 9 Political Decision‐Making 168
Jack S. Levy

CHAPTER 10 Foreign Policy and Identity 189
Emma O’Dwyer

CHAPTER 11 Social Memory and the Collective Past 207
Christopher J. Hewer

CHAPTER 12 Crowds, Social Identities, and the Shaping of Everyday Social Relations 231
Fergus G. Neville and Stephen D. Reicher

CHAPTER 13 State Militarism and International Conflict 253
Stephen Gibson

CHAPTER 14 Social Influence and Malevolent Authority: Obedience Revisited 271
Ron Roberts

CHAPTER 15 Intergroup Conflict, Peace, and Reconciliation 292
J. Christopher Cohrs, Johanna R. Vollhardt, and Shelley McKeown

References 313

Index 349