The Politics of Denial

The Politics of Denial

eBook - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Argues that punitive child-rearing is a major factor in structuring U.S. political debate

Blackwell North Amer
What is the driving force behind the rage of America's white males? Emotion appears to be playing a growing role in politics, as evidenced by vociferous opposition to welfare, abortion, and immigrants, as well as by the rise of the radical Religious Right, antienvironmentalism, and the increasingly neoconservative slant of American public opinion.
The Politics of Denial presents a compelling explanation of these phenomena, providing solid empirical evidence for the role of rigid, harsh child-rearing practices in the creation of punitive, authoritarian adult political attitudes.
The authors, social psychologists, show how both the political and the public policy processes in the United States are distorted by the unresolved negative emotions (such as fear, anger, and helplessness) that remain from punitive parenting and by the politicians and conservative religious leaders who exploit those emotions. Among the many public figures discussed are Patrick Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, Ronald Reagan, and Billy Graham.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1996
ISBN: 9780585022499
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 292 p.) : ill
Additional Contributors: Conrad, Sheree D.


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