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Dogmatism, Ideology, and Right-Wing Radical Activity

Peri Kedem, Amos Bilu and Zila Cohen (Lizer)
Political Psychology
Vol. 8, No. 1 (Mar., 1987), pp. 35-47
DOI: 10.2307/3790985
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3790985
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

The relationship between dogmatism, authoritarian attitudes, and right-wing radical activity was measured in a "known" radical group, Gush Emunim (N = 34), and in a group of nonactivists (N = 32). The two groups matched on variables known to be correlated with dogmatism (sex, age, religious observance, level of education). The findings were that although dogmatism (Rokeach's D scale) was related to authoritarian attitudes (anti-Arab rights, pro-censorship of media, pro-severe punishment of criminals), it was not related to radical activity. The latter was related only to those attitudes that are part of Gush Emunim's fundamentalist interpretation of religious-Zionistic ideology. These findings buttress the claim that ideology, rather than dogmatic personality, explains radical activity.

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