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2008, vol. 41, iss. 2, pp. 123-147
Authoritarian personality: Psychoanalysis of antisemitism and prejudices
University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology, Serbia
The Authoritarian Personality is one of the most influential studies in social psychology, yet it has been subjected to different, often contradictory interpretations. This paper argues that the most important element of the authoritarian personality theory is the analysis of the psychological functionality of prejudice. Using psychoanalytic conceptual tools, the authors described the psychological logic behind apparently contradictory prejudices, and the function of prejudice in personal psychological 'economy'. In this way, Adorno et al. 'psychoanalyzed' both prejudice and the prejudiced. The first part of the paper presents the original research, with the particular focus on the less familiar aspects. The second part reviews the reactions to the Authoritarian Personality, and analyzes some of the better known criticisms and objections. The paper ends with the review of recent research trends inspired by Adorno et al.’s theory.
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article language: Serbian
document type: unclassified
DOI: 10.2298/PSI0802123T
published in SCIndeks: 02/06/2008

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