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Attachment theory and religious violence : theorizing adult religious psychopathology

dc.contributor.authorCounted, Victoren_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-28T12:09:44Z
dc.date.available2018-09-28T12:09:44Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationCounted, V. 2017. Attachment theory and religious violence : theorizing adult religious psychopathology. Journal for the Study of Religion, 30(1):78-109, doi:10.17159/2413-3027/2017/v30n1a4
dc.identifier.issn2413-3027 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1011-7601 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17159/2413-3027/2017/v30n1a4
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/104537
dc.descriptionCITATION: Counted, V. 2017. Attachment theory and religious violence : theorizing adult religious psychopathology. Journal for the Study of Religion, 30(1):78-109, doi:10.17159/2413-3027/2017/v30n1a4.
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dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the ways in which attachment disruptions might increase the risk of adult religious psychopathology by drawing parallels between the possible symbolisms lying behind religious violence and the concept of attachment. It is first argued that the relationship between a religious believer and a religious figure can be explained as an attachment experience. Secondly, it is proposed that when a religious attachment figure becomes a target of slander, or an action is perpetrated to disrupt the bond with such a figure, the religious believer may be predisposed to defensive, adaptive reactions, in the form of protest, despair, or detachment, to protect their attachment bond and resolve the disruptions that threaten their religious attachment identity. Support for this theoretical proposition was obtained through discourse analyses of three case examples (Charlie Hebdo vs al-Qaeda, Boko Haram vs the Nigerian government, and Pastor Terry Jones vs Islamic radicalisation), which position attachment theory as an alternative explanatory framework for conceptualising religious violence as a form of religious attachment-psychopathology-aimed at safeguarding the affectional bond with a religious figure from whom one may have developed a sense of identity and safe haven.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1011-76012017000100005
dc.format.extent32 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAssociation for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa
dc.subjectAttachment theoryen_ZA
dc.titleAttachment theory and religious violence : theorizing adult religious psychopathologyen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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