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The first comprehensive textbook on political psychology, this user-friendly volume explores the psychological origins of political behavior. Using psychological concepts to explain types of political behavior, the authors introduce a broad range of theories and cases of political activity to illustrate the behavior. The book examines many patterns of political behaviors including leadership, group behavior, voting, race, ethnicity, nationalism, political extremism, terrorism, war, and genocide. Text boxes highlight current and historical events to help students see the connection between the world around them and the concepts they are learning. Examples highlight a variety of research methodologies used in the discipline such as experimentation and content analysis. The "Political Being" is used throughout to remind the reader of the psychological theories and concepts to be explored in each chapter. Introduction to Political Psychology explores some of the most horrific things people do to one another for political purposes, as well as how to prevent and resolve conflict, and how to recover from it. The goal is to help the reader understand the enormous complexity of human behavior and the significant role political psychology can play in improving the human condition.
Designed for upper division courses on political psychology or political behavior, this volume also contains material of interest to those in the policymaking community.
Contents: Foreword. Preface. An Introduction to Political Psychology. Personality and Politics. Cognition, Social Identity, Emotions, and Attitudes in Political Psychology. The Political Psychology of Groups. The Study of Political Leaders. Voting, Role of the Media, and Tolerance. The Political Psychology of Race and Ethnicity. The Political Psychology of Nationalism. The Political Psychology of Political Extremists. The Political Psychology of International Security and Conflict.