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Ideology, Psychology, and Law$
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Jon Hanson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737512.001.0001

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Interpersonal Foundations of Ideological Thinking

Interpersonal Foundations of Ideological Thinking

(p.132) Chapter 4 Interpersonal Foundations of Ideological Thinking
Ideology, Psychology, and Law

Curtis D. Hardin

Rick M. Cheung

Michael W. Magee

Steven Noel

Kasumi Yoshimura

Oxford University Press

Building upon research on the social-cognitive foundations of ideological thinking, we argue that allegiance to attitudes that explain and justify the status quo is motivated in part by the human need to connect with others through feelings of mutual understanding. We review evidence that endorsing attitudes that justify the status quo not only preserves and regulates existing interpersonal relationships but also facilitates the establishment and regulation of new relationships, focusing in particular on ideologies involving religion and intergroup prejudice. In this light, ideologies function as prepackaged units of interpretation that help regulate social and political life.

Keywords:   ideology, interpersonal relationships, religion, implicit prejudice, implicit bias, stereotyping, attachment, social hierarchy, shared reality theory

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