Deceit, Delusion, and Detection

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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.

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For advanced students in communications studies or related fields such as social psychology, linguistics, or media studies. Examines who lies; when, where, how, and why they do so; and the conditions under which lying is deemed socially acceptable. Considers how children learn to lie, face-to-face encounters, the media, professionals such as trial lawyers and doctors, authorities, whistle blowing, and other aspects. Paper edition (unseen), $26.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
1 Representations of Realities 1
2 Children Learning to Lie 40
3 Lying Face to Face: Standing Features 74
4 Lying Face to Face: General Dynamics 111
5 The Polygraph 151
6 Falsifications in Societal Institutions 163
7 The Mediation of Messages 178
8 Falsification in Particular Social Orders and Institutions 207
9 Beliefs and Moral Judgments 246
10 Whistle-Blowing 273
11 Truth and Truthfulness: From Then Till Now 289
12 Loose Ends, Strands, and Progress 315
References 345
Author Index 358
Subject Index 363
About the Author 370
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