New PDF release: The Politics of Denial

By Michael A. Milburn

ISBN-10: 026213330X

ISBN-13: 9780262133302

What's the driver in the back of the undifferentiated rage of white men? Emotion seems to be taking part in an more and more very important function in politics, as evidenced by means of the vociferous competition to welfare, abortion and immigrants, in addition to via the increase of the novel spiritual correct, anti-environmentalism and the final neoconservative slant of yank public opinion. "The Politics of Denial" provides a proof of those phenomena, offering empirical proof for the position of inflexible, harsh childrearing practices within the production of punitive, authoritarian grownup political attitudes. The authors, social pscyhologists, express how either the political and the general public coverage techniques within the usa are distorted by means of the unresolved detrimental feelings (such as worry, anger and helplessness) that stay from punitive parenting, and by means of the politicians and conservative non secular leaders who make the most these feelings. one of many public figures mentioned are Patrick Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, Ronald Reagan and Billy Graham. Milburn and Conrad outline the concept that of denial, describing its origins, looking at its pervasiveness in American lifestyles, and detailing its unwanted effects on psychological and actual well-being and on considering itself. They then current the result of their broad-based examine and clarify how their version money owed for the increase of the spiritual correct, its political attidudes and a few of the extraordinary acts of violence opposed to gays and abortion prone. The chapters that keep on with examine the results of denial on public opinion approximately concerns akin to punishment in faculties, aid for prisons, and worry of immigration. They speak about how political leaders take advantage of an indignant voters. They discover the legacy of slavery on blacks and the denial of its results via whites; severe denial in acts of governmental violence and genocide; and the position of denial within the destruction of our surroundings. those are complicated concerns for which there aren't any uncomplicated suggestions; however, the authors suggest within the concluding bankruptcy a few measures to relieve the unwanted effects of denial on politics and public coverage.

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Previous page page_141 next page > If you like this book, buy it! < previous page page_142 next page > Page 142 News and Childhood Experiences A recent study from our lab in fact confirms the hypothesis that violent images on television can activate residual emotion from childhood and influence individuals' perceptions of the world (Conrad, Casimira, and Milburn 1995). We showed one group of subjects a set of television news stories with violent, dramatic images, and another group a set of nonviolent news items.

In addition, previously traumatized individuals exposed to violent news showed a decrease in motivation or capacity for intimacy. Another interesting finding of this study was that men and women who were exposed to violent news stories but reported no history of childhood physical abuse differed in their perceptions of "Joe," a hypothetical person we described to them. Men in the violent news condition perceived him positively, as adventurous, in charge, and committed in his relationships; women exposed to the violent news, however, saw Joe as a risk taker and as dangerous and possessive.

159-60). The writings of some slaveholding southern apologists were filled with fantastic assertions. Writing in the 1850s, Virginian George Fitzhugh, author of Sociology for the South and Cannibals, All!

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