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Populism, Fundamentalism, and Identity

Fighting Talk

Authors: Herriot, Peter

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  • Applies social identity theory to populism and fundamentalism simultaneously
  • Demonstrates the usefulness of identity in understanding movements which would normally be analyzed separately
  • Written for scholars of religious studies, politics, sociology, and social psychology
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What can populism and fundamentalism possibly have in common? Peter Herriot argues that contrary to their apparent differences, these human phenomena are similar in two basic respects. First, they are both reactions against the complexities of the modern world in general, and its current crisis in particular. They propose instead a return to a mythical golden age, supposedly marked by purity and simplicity. Second, they both work in the same way psychologically. Using social identity theory, Herriot shows how both populism and fundamentalism create constant conflict by contrasting a virtuous ‘Us’ with a stereotypically evil ‘Them’. Contemporary case studies illustrate this process at work, and Herriot raises various issues as a basis for discussion, and concludes with hope.


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Peter Herriot was Professor of Organizational Psychology in the UK. Since retirement he has applied social and organizational psychology to religious fundamentalism, having himself been brought up in a fundamentalist family. His recent books include Religious Fundamentalism: Global, Local, and Personal (2008) and The Open Brethren: A Christian Sect in the Modern World (2018).

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Populism, Fundamentalism, and Identity
Book Subtitle
Fighting Talk
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-42509-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-42509-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-42508-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 157
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