The Resource Group psychology and political theory, C. Fred Alford

Group psychology and political theory, C. Fred Alford

Label
Group psychology and political theory
Title
Group psychology and political theory
Statement of responsibility
C. Fred Alford
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Alford, C. Fred
Index
index present
LC call number
HM133
LC item number
.A45 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Small groups
  • Political psychology
  • Petits groupes
  • Psychologie politique
  • Political psychology
  • Small groups
  • Groepsdynamica
  • Politieke theorie
  • Gruppenpsychologie
  • Politische Psychologie
Label
Group psychology and political theory, C. Fred Alford
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-214) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 223 pages
Isbn
9780300059588
Lccn
94006774
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30029229
  • (OCoLC)ocm30029229
Label
Group psychology and political theory, C. Fred Alford
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-214) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 223 pages
Isbn
9780300059588
Lccn
94006774
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30029229
  • (OCoLC)ocm30029229

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