The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History

The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History

by Charles B. Strozier, David M. Terman, James W. Jones, Katherine A. Boyd
     
 

This penetrating book sheds light on the psychology of fundamentalism, with a particular focus on those who become extremists and fanatics. What accounts for the violence that emerges among some fundamentalist groups? The contributors to this book identify several factors: a radical dualism, in which all aspects of life are bluntly categorized as either good or

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This penetrating book sheds light on the psychology of fundamentalism, with a particular focus on those who become extremists and fanatics. What accounts for the violence that emerges among some fundamentalist groups? The contributors to this book identify several factors: a radical dualism, in which all aspects of life are bluntly categorized as either good or evil; a destructive inclination to interpret authoritative texts, laws, and teachings in the most literal of terms; an extreme and totalized conversion experience; paranoid thinking; and an apocalyptic world view. After examining each of these concepts in detail, and showing the ways in which they lead to violence among widely disparate groups, these engrossing essays explore such areas as fundamentalism in the American experience and among jihadists, and they illuminate aspects of the same psychology that contributed to such historical crises as the French Revolution, the Nazi movement, and post-Partition Hindu religious practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195379662
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/19/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
516,688
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Contributor Biographies xi

Foreword Martin E. Marty xvii

Introduction Charles B. Strozier David M. Terman 3

Part I What Is The Fundamentalist Mindset?

1 Definitions and Dualisms Charles B. Strozier Katharine Boyd 11

2 Theories of Group Psychology, Paranoia, and Rage David M. Terman 16

3 The Apocalyptic Charles B. Strozier Katharine Boyd 29

4 The Charismatic Leader and the Totalism of Conversion Charles B. Strozier Katharine Boyd James W.Jones 38

Part II Motivations for Violence

5 Fundamentalism and the Paranoid Gestalt David M. Terman 47

6 The Apocalyptic Other Charles B. Strozier 62

7 The Social Psychology of Humiliation and Revenge: The Origins of the Fundamentalist Mindset Bettina Muenster David Lotto 71

8 Fundamentalist Faith States: Regulation Theory as a Framework for the Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism Daniel Hill 80

Part III Christian and American Contexts

9 Eternal Warfare: Violence on the Mind of American Apocalyptic Christianity James W. Jones 91

10 Opening the Seven Seals of Fundamentalism Charles B. Strozier 104

11 The Unsettling of the Fundamentalist Mindset: Shifts in Apocalyptic Belief in Contemporary Conservative Christianity Lee Quinby 120

Part IV Global and Historical Contexts

12 The Psychology of the Global Jihadists Farhad Khosrokhavar 139

13 Ordering Chaos: Nazi Millennialism and the Quest for Meaning David Redles 156

14 Rumor, Fear, and Paranoia in the French Revolution David P. Jordan 175

15 Hindu Victimhood and India's Muslim Minority John R. McLane 195

Conclusion: A Fundamentalist Mindset? James W. Jones 216

Notes 221

Index 265

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