Community Identity And Political Behavior by M. AndersonCommunity Identity And Political Behavior by M. Anderson

Community Identity And Political Behavior

byM. Anderson

Hardcover | August 18, 2010

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Social scientists are motivated to understand how various facets of society influence all sorts of behavior. Individual’s perceptions about their significance in a given community can have meaningful effects on the way in which we look to communities to develop and foster democratic values and promote civic engagement. The focus of this book is on how community comes to influence political behavior; it takes an interdisciplinary approach blending the fields of community psychology, sociology, and political science. We know from previous research that the context in which an individual interacts influences his/her political behaviors and attitudes. With this in mind, the present research addresses two major questions, 1) how does sense of community influence political behavior and attitudes? and 2) what impact—if any—does involvement in multiple contexts have on political behavior and attitudes?

Mary Anderson is Assistant Professor at the University of Tampa, Department of Government and World Affairs.
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Title:Community Identity And Political BehaviorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:242 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:August 18, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230621910

ISBN - 13:9780230621916

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Table of Contents

A Research Design for Studying Sense of Community and Political Behavior: Methodological Considerations * Measuring Sense of Community * Sense of Community, Efficacy, and Trust * Political Participation and Sense of Community * The Interplay between Sense of Community and Political Discussion * The Relationship Between Political Knowledge and Sense of Community * An Alternate Approach—Simple Membership Versus Sense of Community * Broadening Our Perspective               

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“Anderson offers a rich blend of political, sociological, and psychological insights into the impact of social interaction on individual political behavior. She blends the field's historic strengths in the study of individuals with the new insights of the discipline's emerging focus on context and interdependence.”--Paul E. Johnson, Professor of Political Science and Associate Director, Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis, University of Kansas“Political scientists frequently discuss the importance of community but rarely do they examine it in a richly theoretical and empirical way. Anderson offers us both by developing a strong theoretical foundation and a highly promising measure of people’s sense of community. In this important work that draws on multiple original data sets, Anderson analyzes the nuances behind the effects of sense of community on trust, efficacy, participation, discussion, and political knowledge. Anyone interested in how social forces affect political attitudes and behavior must read this book.”-- Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln“Researchers have not paid nearly enough attention to the role of identifications in political life. I therefore welcome Community Identity and Political Behavior for its careful examination of the political effects of identification with the community. The results presented in the book are strong and advocate for serious consideration of sense of community as a variable in political analysis. As part of a growing wave of research on identity and political life, the book is very timely.”-- Peter Muhlberger, Director for the Center for Communication Research and Assistant Research Professor at the College of Mass Communications, Texas Tech University