Escaping the self: identity, group identification and violence

Hardie-Bick, James (2016) Escaping the self: identity, group identification and violence. Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 6 (4). pp. 1032-1052. ISSN 2079-5971

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This article draws on the early work of Erich Fromm. In Escape from Freedom (1969) Fromm directly addressed the psychological mechanisms of escape modern individuals employ to protect themselves from feelings of ontological insecurity and existential estrangement. The article builds on Fromm’s analysis by discussing the significance of his escape mechanisms for understanding the dynamic psychological attractions of identifying with entitative groups. Fromm’s work will be discussed in relation to Hogg’s recent work on uncertainty-identity theory. The aim of the article is to examine the advantages of combining Fromm’s psychoanalytic analysis with Hogg’s uncertainty-identity theory and to highlight the potential this approach has for understanding why groups engage in violent and destructive behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Erich Fromm, Uncertainty-identity theory, Identity, Violence
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology
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Depositing User: James Hardie-Bick
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 11:35
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 16:06

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