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Shared Beliefs in a Society

Shared Beliefs in a Society
Social Psychological Analysis

July 2000 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"...carefully argued, this book will have special appeal to graduate students, faculty, social psychologists (notably those yearning for Lewinian Approaches), and group-oriented sociologists." —Choice What kind of shared beliefs in a society are of importance to social systems? What functions do they fulfill? How are they informed and disseminated? What are the societal consequences of shared beliefs? All of these questions are addressed in this book in which Daniel Bar-Tal develops the notion of societal psychology, which he states can contribute a social-psychological perspective to the study of a wide range of social problems in a society. He shows how societal psychology can fulfill the promise of early social psychologists by directing attention to the societal and cultural contexts in which individuals live and by examining the reciprocal influence between these contexts and individuals. In this comprehensive volume, four themes of societal belief: patriotism, security, siege mentality, and deligitimization, are examined through well-defined examples and systematic analysis. Researchers, students and practitioners in social psychology, sociology, political science and anthropology will be stimulated and engaged by this important contribution to the field.

Sharing Beliefs in Groups
A History of the Study of Shared Beliefs
Nature of Societal Beliefs
Formation, Dissemination, Maintenance and Change of Societal Beliefs
Societal Beliefs about Patriotism
Societal Beliefs about Security
Societal Beliefs about Siege
Societal Beliefs about Delgitimization
The Ethos of a Society
Societal Beliefs and Ethos
Contribution to Societal Psychology


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