Idealism, violence and censure

Hardie-Bick, James (2017) Idealism, violence and censure. In: Amatrudo, Anthony (ed.) Social censure and critical criminology: after Sumner. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 247-273. ISBN 9781349952205

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This chapter builds on Sumner’s (1990, 1997, 2015) research by drawing attention to the work of Erich Fromm ([1941] 1969) and Ernest Becker (1975). Whilst there are important differences between their approaches, both theorists directly address the unconscious desires that motivate people to engage in extreme violence and other forms of destructive behaviour. The main themes addressed by Fromm and Becker will be discussed in relation to Cottee and Hayward’s (2011) research on the existential attractions of engaging in terrorist acts. The chapter concludes by considering the different ideas put forward by Fromm and Becker concerning the possibility for living in a more open, tolerant and less destructive world.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology
Depositing User: James Hardie-Bick
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 11:33
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2017 10:27
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