Error title
Some error text about your books and stuff.
Group Psychology and Political Theory cover
  • ISBN: 9780300059588
  • ISBN10: 0300059582

Group Psychology and Political Theory

by C. Fred Alford

  • List Price: $50.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 11/01/1994
used Add to Cart $6.75
You save: 87%
Marketplace Item
new Add to Cart $38.00
You save: 24%
Marketplace Item
In this innovative book, C. Fred Alford argues that the group - not the individual - is the most fundamental reality in society and that political theory has overlooked the insights of group psychology and leadership. Basing his argument on his experience with the Tavistock model of group learning (named for the institute in England where this method of group study originated), Alford asserts that small, unstructured, leaderless groups are the closest thing to the state of nature that political theorists write about. According to Alford, none of the familiar traditions in political theory - including modern state-of-nature theory, liberalism, communitarianism, postmodernism, and feminist theory - makes sense of the group experience. Most contemporary political theorists have erred in starting from the position of the individual and moving to an understanding of the individual's struggle to belong to the group and civil society. Instead, says Alford, political theorists should realize that the group is the state of nature, and that civil society is the product of the individual's struggle to separate from the group and develop a sense of self. Alford's book, like many of the traditional state-of-nature theories, includes an extended anthropological fable, a story about the state of nature that is intended to illustrate its principles.
Expand description
Seller Condition Comments Price  
The Maryland Book Bank

Location: baltimore, MD
Like New
All sales benefits The Maryland Book Bank.
Powell's Books Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL
Like New
1994. Hardcover. Fine. Dust Jacket is Fine.
Colewood Books

Location: San Francisco, CA
Very Good
Shipping Icon
0300059582 1st edition, 1st printing, Yale University Press hardcover w/ DJ,
Black Cat Hill Books

Location: Oregon City, OR
Very Good
Shipping Icon
First Ed; First Printing indicated. Near Fine in Fine DJ: Book shows only
Kings Ridge Media

Location: Appleton, WI
Good used condition. Ships promptly. May Include Some writing or highlighting. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Ables Bookstore

Location: chattanooga, TN
Shipping Icon
One Stop Shop Bookstore

Location: Memphis, TN
Shipping Icon
Firecreek Books

Location: Germantown, TN

Location: Bensalem, PA
Shipping Icon
0300059582 Ships Within 24 Hours. Tracking Number available for all USA

Location: Richmond, TX
Ask seller a question
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy.