Ideology, Society and the State: Global Political Psychology in Retrospect

  • Paul Nesbitt-Larking
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political Psychology Series book series (PSPP)


In ‘The Discursive Frames of Political Psychology’, Nesbitt-Larking and Kinnvall (2012) set out points of epistemological, ideological and methodological continuity and discontinuity between the American and European traditions in political psychology. In so doing, we place emphasis on the historical conversations and journeys that theories, ideals and research agenda have taken across the Atlantic from the era of Freud, Merriam and Lasswell to the present day. While stressing the rich interweaving of research traditions, we also make note of those historical-structural and conjunctural forces from which distinct problematiques have arisen. Among these, the hegemony of possessive individualist ideology in the formation and development of the United States, in conjunction with slavery and the Civil War, and a powerfully assimilationist immigration regime have promoted epistemological positivism, ideological liberalism and libertarianism as well as a largely quantitative social science tradition. Given the existing concentrations of expertise in political psychology in American universities, it is unsurprising that much of the overall academic output has been grounded in these traditions.


Social Identity Theory Personal Narrative Political Engagement Political Psychology Global Order 
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