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posted by janrinok on Thursday December 07 2017, @01:05AM   Printer-friendly
from the and-a-polite-discussion-ensued... dept.

Recently published in Journal of Social and Political Psychology by Thomas F. Pettigrew seeks to understand the psychological profile of Trump supporters:

The Trump movement is not singular within the United States (the Know Nothing movement in the 1850s, the Wallace movement in the 1960s, and the more recent Tea Party Movement). Moreover, other democracies have seen similar movements (e.g., Austria's Freedom Party, Belgium's Vlaams Blok, France's National Front, Germany's Alternative for Germany Party (AfD), and Britain's U.K. Independence Party (UKIP).

In virtually all these cases, the tinder especially involved male nativists and populists who were less educated than the general population. But this core was joined by other types of voters as well. Five highly interrelated characteristics stand out that are central to a social psychological analysis – authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, outgroup prejudice, the absence of intergroup contact and relative deprivation.No one factor describes Trump's supporters. But an array of factors – many of them reflecting five major social psychological phenomena can help to account for this extraordinary political event: authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, prejudice, relative deprivation, and intergroup contact.


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  • (Score: 2) by jmorris on Thursday December 07 2017, @07:36PM

    by jmorris (4844) on Thursday December 07 2017, @07:36PM (#606958)

    Or maybe they can just STFU until they learn to stop saying stupid crap like "or our reliance on military force to resolve disputes" since force or the threat of force is pretty much the ONLY thing that solves a dispute. Think about it. Even when a court "solves" a dispute it is the threat of overwhelming force backing the legal system that causes the losing side to accept the decision. The entire basis for the State is it holding a monopoly on the legitimate use of force. The only difference between police force and military force is military force is violence between nation states to create an international order vs internal enforcement of order.

    Violence solves problems. Every solution to a problem tends to plant the seed of a fresh problem but properly applied violence solves problems. The only Nazis left are a few LARPers because violence solved them. Capital Punishment 100% solves the problem of recidivism and if swiftly and uniformly applied would do wonders at deterrence.

    And the idea of social scientists trying to solve economics is comedy gold.

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