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Cambridge University Press
24 June 2008
What is hate and why is there so much of it? How does it originate, and what can we do about it? This book opens with a discussion of how hate makes its presence felt in the real world, discussing various definitions and theories of hate. Next it describes a duplex - two-part - theory of hate. According to the first part of the theory, hate has three components: negation of intimacy, passion, and commitment. According to the second part of the theory, this structure of hate originates from stories people create about the target - that, say, a group comprises enemies of God, or monsters, or vermin, or power-crazy tyrants, or any of a number of other stories. The authors discuss hate in the context of interpersonal relationships, survey the role of propaganda in inciting hate and analyze the role of hate in instigating terrorism, massacres, and genocides.
By:   Robert J. Sternberg (Tufts University Massachusetts), Karin Sternberg (Harvard University, Massachusetts)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   420g
ISBN:   9780521721790
ISBN 10:   0521721792
Pages:   254
Publication Date:   24 June 2008
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. The problem: the role of hate in the world; 2. Definitions and theories of hate; 3. The duplex theory of hate I: the triangular theory of the structure of hate; 4. The duplex theory of hate II: a story-based theory of the development of hate; 5. Interpersonal relationships - love-hate; 6. The role of propaganda in instigating hate; 7. Application of the duplex theory of hate to massacres, genocide, and terrorism; 8. Are there any cures for hate?

Robert J. Sternberg is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Psychology, and Adjunct Professor of Education at Tufts University. He is also Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany, and past president of the American Psychological Association. Sternberg is the author of about 1,200 refereed journal articles, book chapters, and books. Karin Sternberg is Research Associate at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative of the School of Public Health and the J. F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. She is co-editor of the book The New Psychology of Love as well as of the book Psychologen im Beruf: Anforderungen, Chancen und Perspektiven (Psychology as a Profession: Demands, Chances, and Perspectives).

Reviews for The Nature of Hate

...compact, scholarly, and highly readable volume...The reader is presented with a diverse and compelling panorama of contexts of hate-political, historical, military, terrorist, and in personal relationships and many others. The basic conceptual perspective of The Nature of Hate is social psychological, but the focus is broad scaled. Stylistically, the book is aimed at a general audience...This book could certainly serve as a textbook for an advanced undergraduate class or graduate seminar, complemented with journal research articles. It is relatively brief...engagingly written...intriguing and insightful... --Arthur G. Miller, PsycCRITIQUES

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