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Haslam, 1998. Social Research 65(2):435-448

Extremism and Deviance: Beyond Taxonomy and Bias
S. Alexander Haslam , John C. Turner

Social Research: An International Quarterly
Taxonomy and Deviance
Arien Mack, Editor
Nick O. Haslam
Volume 65, No. 2 (Summer 1998): 435-448

ABSTRACT: This article discusses deviance and extremism beyond taxonomy and bias. The view that extremists are psychological deviants and social misfits can be traced back at least as far as Aristotle's Ethics. Aristotle noted that while the mean was clearly superior to extremes of behavior, extremists themselves had a tendency to misrepresent the truth of his doctrine by pushing the mean nearer to the other extreme. Aristotle set the framework for contemporary social psychological research into extremism in three important ways. He defined moderation as a normative benchmark against which all other positions were to be compared and relative to which those positions were inferior. Second, he considered moderation...
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