Worldviews and ideological orientations: an integration of polarity theory, dual process model, and moral foundations theory

Sayılan, Gülden
Scholars in the field of political psychology examined the psychological factors that underlie political orientation and contributed greatly to our understanding of the concept. However, there is still more to learn on the processes by which these factors result in ideological orientations. Integration of worldviews in the study of ideology would be valuable since they have effects on a wide range of sociopolitical beliefs attitudes and they show the route from feelings and ideas about everything, to concrete and organized ideological orientations. After reviewing Polarity Theory, Dual Process Model and Moral Foundations Theory and their postulations related to links between worldviews and ideological orientation, this thesis tests an integrative model examining the links between worldviews and ideological orientations. Results indicate that dual social worldviews of Dual Process Model constitute the schematic bases upon which the worldview constructs of Polarity Theory (i.e., humanism and normativism) and moral foundations (i.e. individualizing and binding moral foundations) build and predict the ideological orientations of individuals in an integrative manner.


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Citation Formats
G. Sayılan, “Worldviews and ideological orientations: an integration of polarity theory, dual process model, and moral foundations theory,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2018.