Shared Beliefs in a Society is a much-needed contribution to societal psychology, a new emerging subfield of social psychology, which studies societies from a social psychological perspective. Daniel Bar-Tal presents his work of the last 15 years on shared beliefs in societies under one conceptual framework from which to identify beliefs held in common by entire societies and nations. Using examples form the history, politics, sociology, culture, and education from different societies, the author offers that social psychology can provide a unique perspective on society, but it can also benefit from integrating contributions from other social sciences into its own theorizing effort.

Societal Beliefs about Patriotism

Societal beliefs about patriotism

One theme of the most universal of societal beliefs, found in nearly every society's ethos, refers to patriotism. These beliefs are so widespread because patriotism is a sine qua non in the life of a society (especially in the framework of a nation-state), providing the basic sense of belonging, love, ...

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