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The Authoritarian Personality (Studies in Prejudice) Paperback – Abridged, November, 1993

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Prejudice
  • Paperback: 506 pages
  • Publisher: W.W. Norton Company (November 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393311120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393311129
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,038,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don�t be thrown of by some of the other reviews. If you start of by stating that Adorno is a Marxist and therefore must have had an agenda, your doing exactly what you have accused Adorno of. Furthermore this book wasn�t single-handedly written by Adorno, far from it, and whether or not Adorno realy was a Marxist is irellevant since Adorno�s latter ideas have little or nothing to do with this book. The Authoritarian Personality remains a very interesting study in human behaviour and nature. It has clearly been written as a reaction to the horrors of what was happening then in Nazi Germany and the authors tried to come up with a full explanation. Although I don�t doubt the integrity of authors� motives, they did obviously not succeed in there goal to come up with an extensive theory for the existence of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, because the focussed almost entirely on the personality of the individual and disregarded the unique social en economical circumstances in Germany after WWI, that have undoubtedly played an important role as well. The fact that, in hindsight, it has become apparent that the authors have not succeeded to live up to the overambitious conclusions does, however, certainly not make The Authoritarian Personality any less interesting. A lot can still be learned about the causes of ethnocentrism from this book. It is unique in it�s scale and historical value and should not be disregarded by anyone who wants to learn more about ethnocentrism as long as you keep the books apparent short comings in mind. You should, however, also keep in mind that the criticism this book has received is certainly not allways justified at all, but caused by the fact that a lot of it's conclusions still remain valid, but these are not always pleasant for everyone.
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This book was one of the main products of the Frankfurt School of sociologists who were Jewish refugees from WW2. The Oslo terrorist who went on a killing spree in 2011 claimed he was fighting the influence of the Frankfurt School ("Cultural Marxism"). He felt this book was really really unfair to people like him, so his response was to kill nearly a hundred people. It sounds to me like Adorno was on to something.
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The fear that an industrialized society had a fascist lurking under any bed was revealed in Adorno's book The Authoritarian Personality published in 1950. Adorno thought that he envisioned America of the post Second World War years as the reincarnation of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia of the 1930s. Purportedly written as a scientific treatise on the potential of Americans to morph into fascists, the Authoritarian Personality instead emerged as an indictment by the political left of the conservative right. Adorno and a supporting team of like-minded psychologists conducted hundreds of interviews the purpose of which was to predict not an actual fascist-to-be but a potential fascist. The questions dealt generally with topics designed to uncover deeply hidden prejudices and were measured on scale that placed the respondent somewhere being democratic and authoritarian. It is hardly coincidental that those who were placed on the democratic end generally agreed with leftist, socialist, Marxist dogma while those who were near the authoritarian end were what we would now label conservative traditionalists. The book was a huge bestseller, convincing generations to come that there should be an equal sign placed between political conservative thought and racial prejudice. In the struggle between ideology and rigorous scholarship, the Authoritarian Personality was rigged to ensure that the former emerged victorious.
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Just nonsense. Long debunked trash that seeks to pathologize healthy moral sentiments in gentile society. Written by Marxist Jews with an axe to grind after the disaster of the second world war. Unless you want to understand the mindset of people in the ADL or SPLC, don't bother.
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