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Group psychology and political theory / C. Fred Alford

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Alford, C. Fred.
Publication Info.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1994.

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1 online resource (xi, 223 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-214) and index.
Summary
In this innovative book, C. Fred Alford argues that the group - not the individual - is the most fundamental reality in society and that political theory has overlooked the insights of group psychology and leadership. Basing his argument on his experience with the Tavistock model of group learning (named for the institute in England where this method of group study originated), Alford asserts that small, unstructured, leaderless groups are the closest thing to the state of nature that political theorists write about. According to Alford, none of the familiar traditions in political theory - including modern state-of-nature theory, liberalism, communitarianism, postmodernism, and feminist theory - makes sense of the group experience. Most contemporary political theorists have erred in starting from the position of the individual and moving to an understanding of the individual's struggle to belong to the group and civil society. Instead, says Alford, political theorists should realize that the group is the state of nature, and that civil society is the product of the individual's struggle to separate from the group and develop a sense of self. Alford's book, like many of the traditional state-of-nature theories, includes an extended anthropological fable, a story about the state of nature that is intended to illustrate its principles.
Contents
A Note on Sex, Gender, and Grammar -- 1. In the Beginning Was the Group -- 2. The Experience of the Small Group -- 3. Theoretical Perspectives on the Small Group: Acting Out the Missing Leader -- 4. Groups Are the State of Nature -- 5. Tocqueville and the Schizoid Compromise: A Reinterpretation of Contemporary Political Theory in Light of Group Theory -- 6. Leadership -- Epilogue: The Wolini.
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Print version record.
Local Note
JSTOR
Subject
Small groups.
Political psychology.
Social psychology.
Psychology, Social
Petits groupes.
Psychologie politique.
Psychologie sociale.
social psychology.
89.52 political psychology. (NL-LeOCL)077608992
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- History & Theory.
Social psychology. (OCoLC)fst01122816
Political psychology. (OCoLC)fst01069667
Small groups. (OCoLC)fst01121421
Gruppenpsychologie
Politische Psychologie
Groepsdynamica.
Politieke theorie.
Indexed Term
Politics Psychology
Genre/Form
Electronic books.
Other Form:
Print version: Alford, C. Fred. Group psychology and political theory. New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1994 0300059582 (DLC) 94006774 (OCoLC)30029229
ISBN
9780300157680 (electronic bk.)
0300157681 (electronic bk.)
0300059582
9780300059588