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The fundamentalist mindset : psychological perspectives on religion, violence, and history

Author: Charles B Strozier
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work sheds light on the psychology of fundamentalism, with a particular focus on those who become extremists and fanatics. The contributors identify several factors: a radical dualism, a destructive inclination to interpret authoritative texts, paranoid thinking, and an apocalyptic world view.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles B Strozier
ISBN: 9780195379655 0195379659
OCLC Number: 769898841
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxi, 274 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Martin E. Marty --
Introduction / Charles B. Strozier and David M. Terman --
Part I: What is the fundamentalist mindset? --
Definitions and dualisms / Charles B. Strozier and Katharine Boyd --
Theories of group psychology, paranoia, and rage / David M. Terman --
The apocalyptic / Charles B. Strozier and Katharine Boyd --
The charismatic leader and the totalism of conversion / Charles B. Strozier, Katharine Boyd, and James W. Jones --
Part II: Motivations for violence --
The paranoid gestalt / David M. Terman --
The apocalyptic other / Charles B. Strozier --
The social psychology of humiliation and revenge : the origins of the fundamentalist mindset / Bettina Muenster and David Lotto --
Fundamentalist faith states : affect regulation and the attachment relationship to God / Daniel Hill --
Part III: Christian and American contexts --
Eternal warfare : violence on the mind of American apocalyptic Christianity / James W. Jones --
Opening the seven seals of fundamentalism / Charles B. Strozier --
The unsettling of the fundamentalist mindset : shifts in apocalyptic belief in contemporary conservative Christianity / Lee Quinby --
Part IV: Global and historical contexts --
Motivations for jihadi violence / Farhad Khosrokhavar --
Ordering chaos : Nazi millennialism and the quest for meaning / David Redles --
The French Revolution and the paranoid gestalt / David P. Jordan --
Hindu victimhood and India's Muslim minority / John R. McLane --
Conclusion: A fundamentalist mindset / James W. Jones.
Responsibility: edited by Charles B. Strozier [and others]. ; foreword by Martin E. Marty.

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This work sheds light on the psychology of fundamentalism, with a particular focus on those who become extremists and fanatics. The contributors identify several factors: a radical dualism, a destructive inclination to interpret authoritative texts, paranoid thinking, and an apocalyptic world view.

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The Fundamentalist Mindset captures well a timely discussion that beckons the reader to further research and reflection. * Claude Barbre, Journal of Religion and Health * ...will appeal to students Read more...

 
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