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Social and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification

John T. Jost, Aaron C. Kay, and Hulda Thorisdottir

Abstract

This volume both reflects and exemplifies the recent resurgence of interest in the social and psychological characteristics and processes that give rise to ideological forms. Ideology is an elusive, multifaceted construct that can usefully be analyzed in terms of “top-down” processes related to the social construction and dissemination of ideology, as well as to “bottom-up” processes, including dispositional and situational factors, that make certain ideological outcomes more likely than others. The twenty chapters of this volume focus on the cognitive and motivational antecedents and conseque ... More

Keywords: authoritarianism, belief in a just world, conservatism, liberalism, motivated reasoning, political attitudes, political ideology, procedural fairness, system justification, terror management theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195320916
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320916.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John T. Jost, editor
New York University

Aaron C. Kay, editor
University of Waterloo, Ontario

Hulda Thorisdottir, editor
Princeton University

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Contents

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PART I Introduction

PART II Ideology and Automaticity

PART III The Psychological Power of the Status Quo

PART IV Epistemic and Existential Motives

PART V Personality and Individual Differences

PART VI Perspectives on Justice and Morality

PART VII Implications for Self, Group, and Society