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Title:
Altruism and activism : character disposition and ideology as factors in blockade of an abortion clinic : an exploratory study
Author:
Seaton, Craig E.
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, [1996]

©1996
Physical Description:
230 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780761802006
Format :
Book

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Central Library HQ767.5.C2 S43 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

This work is the only empirical study of the psychological and social characteristics of a group who blockaded an abortion clinic. The study employs extensive questionnaires, psychological scales, analysis of official court statements and thorough interviews in order to gather information on personal motivation and on various psychological and sociological characteristics. Comparisons are made with a peer group drawn from the same geographic area and with a large group of Europeans representing 10 different countries. The study reveals that the Blockade Group differed from the comparison groups in many ways, including evidence that the Blockade Group demonstrated greater tolerance for various minority and socially unpopular groups; was more willing to oppose the permissive values of popular culture; and demonstrated greater social interest and psychological well-being on psychological measures. Altruism and Activism is highly appropriate reading for courses on social issues, sociology of religion, introduction to sociology, and social psychology.


Author Notes

Craig E. Seaton is Associate Professor of Sociology and Psychology and Director of the Human Services Program at Trinity Western University in Canada.


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