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The Authoritarian Dynamic (Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology) 0th Edition
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Many negative reviews result from a book not meeting the reader's expectations regarding "tone." Take, for instance, the "dummies" series. Simply by being part of the series, the reader can reasonably expect the book to have a certain tone--friendly, humorous, and straightforward. Other non-fiction books may be harder to guage. This one is very clearly academic in tone. As a fellow academic, my guess would be that Dr. Stenner has done what many PhD's do--"bookify" their dissertations. Dissertations, by definition have an academic tone. It would be pretty tough, IMO, to turn one into a "dummies" book.
Basically, what "The Authoritarian Dynamic" is attempting to do is to avoid the academic roadblocks (which she documents well) to explaining a relevant social dynamic--the basis of "fringe" (primarily on the right end of the political spectrum) attitudes and behaviors. Why do tea partiers, for example, think and behave as they do? (Since the book was published in 2005, long before the tea party movement gained momentum, she wouldn't be referencing them, but members are relatively representative of the dynamic she's trying to address.)
In short, if you're more interested in gaining insight into what is going on in the social and political sphere--especially the right side of it--and are not put off by a classical academic style, then this book may be for you. (I'm impressed by her scholarship after only one chapter.) If, on the other hand, the subject interests you but you prefer a lighter, friendlier treatment of it, may I recommend Dr.Read more ›
By contrast, Stenner's style is unnecessarily academic and impersonal, writing almost exclusively in the passive tense, which makes the book hard to read.
I fail to see how her research adds anything of relevance that in any way contradicts Altemeyer's. They are both actually coming to the same conclusions.