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.
List of contributors; PART I: INTRODUCTION: George Gaskell & Colin Fraser: The social psychological study of widespread beliefs; Dan Sperber: The epidemiology of beliefs; PART II: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES: Rob Farr: Social representations of widespread beliefs; Douglas W. Bethlehem: Attitudes, social attitudes, and widespread beliefs; Hilde T. Himmelweit: The dynamics of public opinion; Elinor Scarbrough: Attitudes, social representations, and
ideology; PART III: STUDIES OF WIDESPREAD BELIEFS: Jos Jaspars & Miles Hewstone: Social categorization, collective beliefs, and causal attribution; Willem Doise: Social beliefs and intergroup relations: the relevance
of some sociological perspectives; Raymond Cochrane & Michael Billig: The political and social beliefs of adolescents; Patten Smith & George Gaskell: The social dimension in relative deprivation; Alan Lewis: Shared economic beliefs; Glynis M. Breakwell: Social beliefs about gender differences; Author index; Subject index.
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
Weight (kg): 0.59