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The authoritarian specter

Author: Bob Altemeyer
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996.
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The bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, the emergence of militias and skinheads, attacks on Planned Parenthood clinics, the backlash against equal rights movements - these, according to Bob Altemeyer, are all versions of one story: the authoritarian personality in action. But Nazi types, militias, and the Klan are just extreme examples of authoritarians, he argues. The Authoritarian Specter shows that

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Altemeyer, Bob, 1940-
Authoritarian specter.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bob Altemeyer
ISBN: 0674053052 9780674053052
OCLC Number: 34690660
Description: vii, 374 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Twenty Stories --
1. Previous Research on Right-Wing Authoritarianism --
2. Studying Authoritarianism: Research Methodology and Methodology Research --
3. The Personal Origins of Right-Wing Authoritarianism --
4. The Cognitive Behavior of Authoritarians --
5. Inconsistency and Blindness in the Authoritarian Mind --
6. Authoritarianism and Religion --
7. Sex and the Single Authoritarian --
8. Dogmatism --
9. Left-Wing Authoritarianism --
10. The Effects of Hate Literature --
11. The Authoritarianism of Legislators in North America --
Conclusion: A Few Last Words on the Subject.
Responsibility: Bob Altemeyer.


The book presents the latest results from a prize-winning research program on the authoritarian personality. Many of America's biggest problems, Bob Altemeyer shows, have authoritarian roots.  Read more...


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Is fascism just around the corner? Will some social crisis or national panic evoke totalitarian solutions? Or are we reasonably protected from arbitrary cancellation of democratic institutions? This Read more...

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