Studies in the scope and method of “The Authoritarian Personality”


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Abstract

Reviews the book, Studies in the scope and method of The Authoritarian Personality edited by Richard Christie and Marie Jahoda (see record 1954-07213-000). According to the reviewer, this is the second in a series of which Studies in the Scope and Method of The American Soldier was the first. In an editorial introduction, Jahoda reconstructs some of the historical setting, both theoretical and methodological, in which the authors of The Authoritarian Personality began and continued their work. The reviewer states that one of its unique features which she notes is its use of the methods of clinical psychology in conjunction with psychoanalytic theory “for other than clinical purposes, that is, for exploration of political ideologies as related to personality structure.” The reviewer states that the justification of the book under review lies in the importance of the book which it reviews, together with carefully documented criticism of its two major chapters. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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