© 1990

Group Beliefs

A Conception for Analyzing Group Structure, Processes, and Behavior


Part of the Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Daniel Bar-Tal
    Pages 1-4
  3. Daniel Bar-Tal
    Pages 5-21
  4. Daniel Bar-Tal
    Pages 23-33
  5. Daniel Bar-Tal
    Pages 35-46
  6. Daniel Bar-Tal
    Pages 63-77
  7. Daniel Bar-Tal
    Pages 79-91
  8. Daniel Bar-Tal
    Pages 105-113
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 115-140

About this book


"Individuals who live in groups hold common beliefs which define their reality, not only as persons, but also as group members. This reality becomes especially important when group members become aware that they share beliefs and are convinced that these beliefs characterize them as a group. In this case common beliefs become group beliefs." With this statement, Dr. Bar-Tal begins his far-reaching analysis of beliefs as a group phenomenon. Group beliefs are shown to have important behavioral, cognitive, and affective implications for group members and the group as a whole. They may contribute to the behavioral direction a group takes, coordinate group activities, determine the intensity and involvement of group members, and influence the way group members affect the leaders. This book introduces and articulates the implications of a new concept of group beliefs, shedding new light on the structure and processes of groups, focusing on such phenomena as group formation, subgrouping, splits, mergence and group disintegration. By taking an interdisciplinary approach, this integrative conception opens new avenues to the study and understanding of group behavior.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationTel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Group Beliefs
  • Book Subtitle A Conception for Analyzing Group Structure, Processes, and Behavior
  • Authors Daniel Bar-Tal
  • Series Title Springer Series in Social Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-97085-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-7956-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-3298-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 140
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Personality and Social Psychology
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