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Liberal Norms and Their Discontents

Author(s): Prentice, Deborah A.

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Abstract: Recent analyses of the predominance of liberals in personality and social psychology have raised the possibility that this ideological imbalance is driven in part by active discrimination against conservatives. In this article, I review empirical evidence relevant to this possibility and find little support for it. The evidence points instead to a predominance of liberal views in academia more generally, driven by multiple factors including the consonance of academic work with the goals and values of liberals. Within the field of personality and social psychology, this concentration of liberal views has fostered strong liberal norms, which both intensify and exaggerate the field’s ideological homogeneity. These liberal norms have unfortunate narrowing effects on research in personality and social psychology; remedies for these effects should focus on weakening the norms.
Publication Date: Sep-2012
Electronic Publication Date: 5-Sep-2012
Citation: Prentice, Deborah A. (2012). Liberal Norms and Their Discontents. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7 (5), 516 - 518. doi:10.1177/1745691612454142
DOI: doi:10.1177/1745691612454142
ISSN: 1745-6916
EISSN: 1745-6924
Pages: 516 - 518
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Perspectives on Psychological Science
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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