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Authoritarian Personality

John T. Jost and Joanna Sterling

in Psychology

ISBN: 9780199828340
Published online January 2015 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199828340-0160
Authoritarian Personality

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Research on the “authoritarian” (or “anti-democratic”) personality has experienced periods of lively, rigorous, and sometimes contentious exploration in social, personality, and political psychology as well as periods of relative neglect. The waxing and waning of practical and research interest in the problem of authoritarianism has often been shaped by historical factors and current events. Fascist movements of the early to mid-20th century served as a primary catalyst for theoretical and empirical investigation of the phenomenon, but interest subsided in the aftermath of World War II. Updated and improved measures of authoritarianism and social dominance orientation continue to predict attitudes and behaviors associated with prejudice and discrimination, providing evidence of the longevity and societal significance of the construct.

Article.  4977 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Developmental Psychology ; Health Psychology ; History and Systems in Psychology ; Educational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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