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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 (Unpublished)

Abstract

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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ID Code: 6341
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: religion, identity formation, fundamentalism
ISBN: 1741071291
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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