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Social and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification

John T. Jost, Aaron C. Kay, and Hulda Thorisdottir


This volume both reflects and exemplifies the recent resurgence of interest in the social and psychological characteristics and processes that give rise to ideological forms. Ideology is an elusive, multifaceted construct that can usefully be analyzed in terms of “top-down” processes related to the social construction and dissemination of ideology, as well as to “bottom-up” processes, including dispositional and situational factors, that make certain ideological outcomes more likely than others. The twenty chapters of this volume focus on the cognitive and motivational antecedents and conseque ... More

Keywords: authoritarianism, belief in a just world, conservatism, liberalism, motivated reasoning, political attitudes, political ideology, procedural fairness, system justification, terror management theory

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195320916
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John T. Jost, editor
New York University

Aaron C. Kay, editor
University of Waterloo, Ontario

Hulda Thorisdottir, editor
Princeton University

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PART I Introduction

PART II Ideology and Automaticity

CHAPTER 2 American Moral Exceptionalism

Eric Luis Uhlmann, T. Andrew Poehlman, and John A. Bargh

CHAPTER 3 On the Automaticity of Nationalist Ideology: The Case of the USA

Melissa J. Ferguson, Travis J. Carter, and Ran R. Hassin

PART III The Psychological Power of the Status Quo

CHAPTER 4 A Psychological Advantage for the Status Quo

Scott Eidelman, and Christian S. Crandall

PART IV Epistemic and Existential Motives

PART V Personality and Individual Differences

PART VI Perspectives on Justice and Morality

PART VII Implications for Self, Group, and Society

CHAPTER 19 Acknowledging and Redressing Historical Injustices

Katherine B. Starzyk, Craig W. Blatz, and Mike Ross

CHAPTER 20 The Politics of Intergroup Attitudes

Brian Nosek, Mahzarin R. Banaji, and John T. Jost