- About the Contributors
- Introduction: Theoretical Foundations of Political Psychology
- Personality Approaches to Political Behavior
- Childhood and Adult Political Development
- Degrees of Rationality in Politics
- Behavioral Decision-Making
- Emotion and Political Psychology
- Toward an Evolutionarily Informed Political Psychology
- Genetic Foundations of Political Behavior
- Political Rhetoric
- Psychology and Foreign Policy Decision-Making
- Perceptions and Image Theory in International Relations
- Threat Perception in International Relations
- Crisis Management
- Personality Profiles of Political Elites
- Psychobiography: “the Child is Father of the man”
- Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- Political Information Processing
- Political Communication: Form and Consequence of the Information Environment
- Political Ideology
- Social Justice
- Networks, Interdependence, and Social Influence in Politics
- Political Deliberation
- From Group Identity to Political Cohesion and Commitment
- Social Movements and the Dynamics of Collective Action
- Prejudice and Politics
- Migration and Multiculturalism
- Discrimination <i>Conditions, Consequences, and “Cures”</i>
- The Psychology of Intractable Conflicts: Eruption, Escalation, and Peacemaking
Abstract and Keywords
Political orientations vary in the extent to which they are first acquired in childhood and adolescence, with the most notable being party identification, civic engagement, and racial identity and prejudice. Cognitive development and social learning play an important role in racial orientations. Family transmission also plays an important, but not as dominant, role as once thought. Early-acquired orientations follow various trajectories through adulthood, including persistence, vulnerability to change in the impressionable years, or lifelong openness. Some examples of political generations and the related concept of collective memory are given. Vivid exogenous political events, as do such diverse individual life events as marriage or immigration, play a major role in the trajectory of individuals’ orientations through their life histories.
David O. Sears is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a co-author of Obama’s Race: The 2008 Election and the Dream of a Post-Racial America (2010) and The Diversity Challenge (2008). He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University, and is a former president of the International Society for Political Psychology, and a former Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA.
Christia Spears Brown is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Children at Risk Research Cluster at University of Kentucky. She has written numerous articles on children's gender and ethnic stereotypes, understanding of politics, and perceptions of discrimination. She had been awarded a major grant from the Foundation for Child Development for her research with Mexican immigrants in elementary schools.
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