The Psychology of Nationalism by J. Searle-White

By J. Searle-White

Nationalism and different kinds of staff id underlie a number of the harmful conflicts the realm is experiencing at the present time. really complicated in such conflicts is their tenacity and viciousness. Why do humans hang to conflicts which are harmful them? Why are the sentiments concerned so vehement and extreme? figuring out the delicate nature of person and crew identification, and the way humans understand threats to id, can solution those questions. through studying nationalism in Quebec, Armenia and Azerbaijan, and Sri Lanka, this publication exhibits that addressing the mental dimensions of nationalism will help us understand-and maybe to interfere effectively in-nationalist and ethnic conflicts.

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The rumors were often sparked by actual events, but their real importance was in spurring people to act, either at the beginning of a riot, in the middle of one, or in retaliation after the damage of a riot. Rumors, particularly of atrocities and brutality, seem to be a persistent feature of war and nationalist conflict. In August and September 1914, German troops crossed through Belgium. Since Belgium was neutral during World War I, the German troops did not expect resistance. However, stories soon began to circulate about so-called francs tireurs—Belgians, primarily priests, although often women and children—coming out of hiding and committing atrocities against the soldiers.

If not, can we really say that there is a “personality” that persists over time and over different situations? 12 And even if it may be true in some cases that there are “agitators” who stir up ethnic or nationalist hostility for their own reasons, the fact remains that many of us respond to such agitation. There must be other dynamics underlying nationalist violence, particularly given its episodic character. Cultural and Social Conditions Might there be particular cultural and social conditions that predispose societies, and the individuals in them, to violence?

First, as in much of psychological research, the studies in which these ideas were developed were deliberately conducted outside of a real-world context. The researchers typically took people who did not know each other and had no shared history, put them into groups, and manipulated the resources available, as I did in my class. Using controlled situations like this prevents potentially confounding variables from interfering in the process; if hostility between the groups erupted, the researchers could confidently conclude that it was the social situation that caused the hostility, rather than the individuals involved.

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