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2. Value Added Theory (cont’d)

3. Generalized belief: participants must share a common

‘definition of the situation’ – making a particular course of

action seem logical or unavoidable. The definition of the

situation may be true or untrue – what matters is that it

is accepted by the participants, and forms the basis for

action

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Hysterical beliefs (sun-church worshippers in Quebec)

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Wish-fulfillment beliefs (stock market speculation, crazes)

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Hostile beliefs (scapegoating, witch-hunts)

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Norm-oriented beliefs (war on drugs, McCarthyism)

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Value-oriented beliefs (cults, revolution, fundamentalism)

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