Political Psychology: A Social Psychological Approach

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Christopher J. Hewer, Evanthia Lyons
John Wiley & Sons, Nov 12, 2018 - Political Science - 376 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Some Historical and Philosophical Considerations 1
3
Some Historical and Philosophical Considerations 1
21
A Critical History of Research Methods
28
Political
54
Svetlana Boym
66
Discourse
73
Identity
93
Narrating as Political Action
114
Political DecisionMaking
168
Foreign Policy and Identity
189
Social Memory and the Collective Past
207
Crowds Social Identities and the Shaping
231
State Militarism and International Conflict
253
Intergroup Conflict Peace and Reconciliation
292
References
313
index
349

Migration
152

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About the author (2018)

Christopher J. Hewer is Senior Lecturer in Social and Political Psychology at Kingston University, London where he teaches critical social psychology and the psychology of art and film. His research interests focus on collective memory, shifting memorialisation and forgetting in cultural discourse.

Evanthia Lyons is Head of School and Professor of Social and Political Psychology at Kingston University, London, UK. Her research focuses on people’s understanding of political processes and the factors that influence their engagement in conventional and unconventional political actions.

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