To what extent - and why - do many people share similar views in socially significant domains such as politics, the economy, race, and gender? The editors' aim in this book is to explore both conceptual and substantive approaches to these questions. The first part of the book introduces the approach adopted, reviews recent developments in the subject, and endeavours to synthesize speculations from anthropology and from psychology. The four chapters of part 2 concentrate on a different set of concepts for the social psychological study of widespread beliefs. Part 3 is more empirical. It presents six contributions from social psychologists. Each considers a particular substantive area or series of studies, and indicates what empirical work in that area tells us about the social psychological bases of widespread beliefs. The book should be of interest to social psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and others in the social sciences at advanced undergraduate level and above.
Series: Oxford Science Publications
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 11th October 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.2 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.59