Extremism and the Psychology of Uncertainty

Extremism and the Psychology of Uncertainty


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Extremism and the Psychology of Uncertainty showcases cutting-edge scientific research on the extent to which uncertainty may lead to extremism. Contributions come from leading international scholars who focus on a wide variety of forms, facets and manifestations of extremist behavior. * Systematically integrates and explores the growing diversity of social psychological perspectives on the uncertainty extremism relationship * Showcases contemporary cutting edge scientific research from leading international scholars * Offers a broad perspective on extremism and focuses on a wide variety of different forms, facets and manifestations * Accessible to social and behavioral scientists, policy makers and those with a genuine interest in understanding the psychology of extremism

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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 20mm | 539.77g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • ChicesterUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 1444331280
  • 9781444331288
  • 1,906,041

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Danielle Blaylock is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Queen's University, Belfast, and the University of St. Andrew's. She is the Managing Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, edited by John Levine and Michael Hogg; and the Encyclopaedia of Identity, edited by Ronald Jackson II. Michael Hogg is Professor of Social Psychology at Claremont Graduate University, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and Foundation Editor of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. His books include Leadership and Power (2005) with van Knippenberg, The Social Psychology of Inclusion and Exclusion (2005) with Abrams and Marques, the Encyclopaedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (2010) with Levine.

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In the modern world, extremism is a highly topical and rapidly growing field of scholarship and inquiry. Fundamentalist religions and radical political ideologies spread hatred and sponsor terror; cults prey on the vulnerable; pained adolescents wreak havoc on society; ethnic and cultural groups dehumanize others to the point of genocide. Understanding the social conditions and individual psychologies that facilitate these behaviours is one of humanity's greatest challenges. The lack of stability that surrounds us - from economic crises to national conflicts to natural disasters- plays a definite role in promoting extremist behavior. "Extremism and the Psychology of Uncertainty" presents the most cutting edge scientific research on the relationship between uncertainty and extremism. Contributions from leading scholars in social psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, social neuroscience, political psychology, leadership, and religion offer illuminating insights into the links between these phenomena. Accessible and thought-provoking, "Extremism and the Psychology of Uncertainty" adds immeasurably to our understanding of the psychology behind a reality of everyday life in the twenty-first century.

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