Climates of fear and socio-political change

Author: Barbalet, J. M.

Description: Argues that social and organizational change results from containment behavior in response to fear on the part of elite social groups. Relative power disparities frequently lead to this elite fear. Rather than fight or flight, containment is a significant fear response for both subordinate and elite groups, and when fear is seen to have a social object, the possibility of collective action to remove the source of fear can be recognized.

Subject headings: Collective Behavior; Fear; Organizational Change; Social Change; Interpersonal Control; Political Processes

Publication year: 1995

Journal or book title: Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour

Volume: 25

Issue: 1

Pages: 15-33

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Serial number: 3528

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