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Sense-making in the wake of September 11th: A network analysis of lay understandings

Reser, JP and Muncer, S (2004). Sense-making in the wake of September 11th: A network analysis of lay understandings. British Journal of Psychology,95(3):283-296.

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Title Sense-making in the wake of September 11th: A network analysis of lay understandings
Author Reser, JP
Muncer, S
Journal Name British Journal of Psychology
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 95
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0007-1269   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-4344654706
Start Page 283
End Page 296
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Leicester
Publisher British Psychological Society
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The objective of this research was to document and explore British university students' immediate understanding of the events of September 11 th. A network analysis of lay causal perceptions procedure was employed to capture the social perceptions and sense-making of respondents at a time when they and the world struggled to impose meaning and coherence on the events. The study also examined the possible effects of 'belief in a just world' and 'right-wing authoritarianism' on the pattern of perceived causes. The results suggest that most participants perceive cultural and religious differences, the history of conflict in the Middle East, unfairness and prejudice as being the distal causes of the individual agent's emotions and actions. There is also some evidence that right-wing authoritarianism and belief in a just world have an interactive effect on the strength of the perceived link between some of these causes.
Keywords perceived causal-structure
cognitive structural models
world
authoritarianism
beliefs
issues
representations
perception
hypothesis
attitudes
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/0007126041528121   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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