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Uncertainty and Extremism



Uncertainty and Extremism

Michael A. Hogg (Editor), Arie Kruglanski (Editor), Kees van den Bos (Editor), Sheri R. Levy (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-84363-5 September 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 500 Pages

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Extremism in society is the source of enormous human suffering and represents a significant social problem. This issue of the Journal of Social Issues assembles a set of 11 empirical and theoretical articles from leading social psychologists to examine the psychological relationship between uncertainty and extremism. The key question that is examined is whether, to what extent and in what fashion do feelings of uncertainty lead people to behave individually or collectively in ways that can be considered extremist – does uncertainty play a causal role in zealotry, fundamentalism, attitudinal rigidity, ideological orthodoxy, intolerance of dissent, violent social disruption, authoritarian leadership, and so forth.


Uncertainty and the Roots of Extremism
Michael A. Hogg, Arie Kruglanski, and Kees van den Bos


Commitment and Extremism: A Goal Systemic Analysis
Kristen M. Klein and Arie W. Kruglanski

Uncertainty–Identity Theory: Extreme Groups, Radical Behavior, and Authoritarian Leadership 436
Michael A. Hogg and Janice Adelman

A Raw Deal: Heightened Liberalism Following Exposure to Anomalous Playing Cards
Travis Proulx and Brenda Major

Uncertainty and Status-Based Asymmetries in the Distinction Between the “Good” Us and the “Bad” Them: Evidence That Group Status Strengthens the Relationship Between the Need for Cognitive Closure and Extremity in Intergroup Differentiation
Christopher M. Federico, Corrie V. Hunt, and Emily L. Fisher


Culture and Extremism
Michele J. Gelfand, Gary LaFree, Susan Fahey, and Emily Feinberg

Uncertainty, Threat, and the Role of the Media in Promoting the Dehumanization of Immigrants and Refugees
Victoria M. Esses, Stelian Medianu, and Andrea S. Lawson


Anxious Uncertainty and Reactive Approach Motivation (RAM) for Religious, Idealistic, and Lifestyle Extremes
Ian McGregor, Mike Prentice, and Kyle Nash

Compensatory Control and Its Implications for Ideological Extremism
Aaron C. Kay and Richard P. Eibach

Determinants of Radicalization of Islamic Youth in the Netherlands: Personal Uncertainty, Perceived Injustice, and Perceived Group Threat
Bertjan Doosje, Annemarie Loseman, and Kees van den Bos


A Millennial Challenge: Extremism in Uncertain Times
Susan T. Fiske

Issues in Progress

Impact Validity as a Framework for Advocacy-Based Research
Sean G. Massey & Ricardo E. Barreras

Ethnic-racial Stigma and Physical Health Disparities in the United States of America: From Psychological Theory and Evidence to Public Policy Solutions
Luis M. Rivera & Danielle Beatty