The role of religion in the identification of you, me, us and them
Huppert, Michele (2006) The role of religion in the identification of you, me, us and them. In Social Change in the 21st Century Conference 2006, 27 October 2006, QUT Carseldine, Brisbane. (Unpublished)
Psychosocial investigations of identity tend not to focus on the role of religion in the development of identity formation and the perception of self. When it is discussed in the literature a dichotomous response is discovered – there are those theorists who are positive about the role of religion and there are those theorists who are negative. Psychoanalytic theory, however, does discuss religion, religious identity and its relationship with intrapsychic conflict. The world’s preoccupation with Islamic fundamentalism, particularly since 9/11, has resurrected the need to examine the impact and influence that religion has on individual identity formation and the competition that then ensues between individual identity and collective, or group identity. The intention of this paper is not to dispute or dispel the legitimacy of religion but rather to investigate the processes that may contribute to ‘religious identity’ and how they may serve, and interfere with, the individual’s quest for identity. Psychoanalytic concepts, in particular attachment and narcissism, will be explored to further understand the role of religion in identity formation. The ‘attraction’ to religious fundamentalism will also be investigated and its impact on the global experience of terror will be examined.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||religion, identity formation, fundamentalism|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS (220400) > Religion and Society (220405)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research|
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2006 Michele Huppert|
|Deposited On:||01 Mar 2007|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 22:37|
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