The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History by Charles B. StrozierThe Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History by Charles B. Strozier

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

EditorCharles B. Strozier, David M. Terman, James W. Jones

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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 examiningeach 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 tosuch historical crises as the French Revolution, the Nazi movement, and post-Partition Hindu religious practice.

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Charles B. Strozier is Professor of History and Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, John Jay College, and a practicing psychoanalyst. David M. Terman is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and Director of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. James W. Jones is Professor of Religion and adjunct Professor of Clinical Ps...
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Title:The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:April 28, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsMartin E. Marty: PrefaceCharles B. Strozier and David M. Terman: IntroductionPart I: What is the Fundamentalist Mindset?1. Charles B. Strozier and Katharine Boyd: Definitions and Dualisms2. David M. Terman: Theories of Group Psychology, Paranoia, and Rage3. Charles B. Strozier and Katharine Boyd: The Apocalyptic4. Charles B. Strozier, Katharine Boyd, and James W. Jones: The Charismatic Leader and the Totalism of ConversionPart II: Motivations for Violence5. David M. Terman: The Paranoid Gestalt6. Charles B. Strozier: The Apocalyptic Other7. Bettina Muenster and David Lotto: Triggering the Fundamentalist Mind: Having Control Under Control8. Daniel Hill: Fundamentalist Faith States: Affect Regulation and the Attachment Relationship to GodPart III: Christian and American Contexts9. James W. Jones: Eternal Warfare: Violence on the Mind of American Apocalyptic Christianity10. Charles B. Strozier: Opening the Seven Seals of Fundamentalism11. Lee Quinby: The Unsettling of the Fundamentalist Mindset: Shifts in Apocalyptic Belief in Contemporary Conservative ChristianityPart IV: Global and Historical Contexts12. Farhad Khosrokhavar: Motivations for Jihadi Violence13. David Redles: Ordering Chaos: the Nazi Millennialism and the Quest for Meaning14. David P. Jordan: The French Revolution and the Paranoid Gestalt15. John R. McLane: Hindu Victimhood and India's Muslim MinorityJames W. Jones: Conclusion: A Fundamentalist Mindset?