Deceit, Delusion, and Detection

Deceit, Delusion, and Detection

by W Peter Robinson
     
 

Who tells lies? Why do people tell lies and when are they deemed acceptable? Written from a social psychology perspective on the use of language, this is a fascinating examination of these and related questions.

Illustrating the book with a diversity of institutional and interpersonal contexts, W Peter Robinson explores ways in which people develop their skills

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Who tells lies? Why do people tell lies and when are they deemed acceptable? Written from a social psychology perspective on the use of language, this is a fascinating examination of these and related questions.

Illustrating the book with a diversity of institutional and interpersonal contexts, W Peter Robinson explores ways in which people develop their skills of deception and also discusses the feasibility and art of lie detection. He reveals the cultural biases inherent in various modes and interpretations of lying, focusing in particular on the Western world and its values.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803952607
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/21/1996
Series:
Language and Language Behavior Series, #6
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
1Representations of Realities1
2Children Learning to Lie40
3Lying Face to Face: Standing Features74
4Lying Face to Face: General Dynamics111
5The Polygraph151
6Falsifications in Societal Institutions163
7The Mediation of Messages178
8Falsification in Particular Social Orders and Institutions207
9Beliefs and Moral Judgments246
10Whistle-Blowing273
11Truth and Truthfulness: From Then Till Now289
12Loose Ends, Strands, and Progress315
References345
Author Index358
Subject Index363
About the Author370

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