The Political Psychology of Integration and Assimilation

Catarina Kinnvall and Paul Nesbitt-Larking

in The Political Psychology of Globalization

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199747542
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897254 | DOI:
The Political Psychology of Integration and Assimilation

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The central focus of Chapter 3 is to develop the political psychological bases of essentialisms, both among majority and minority Muslim communities. This strategy is spelled out in the context of the broad structural realities of the West in the contemporary era. On the basis of the structural realities, the cultural norms, and the regimes of citizenship, this chapter looks at the political psychology of unsicherheit, risk society, moral panic, and postcolonial melancholia in terms of ideal types of response. The emergence of “new nationalism” and the characteristics of “religious fundamentalism” and the “securitization of subjectivity” are spelled out. In relation to the empirical discussion, the chapter explores the complexity of the veil and how both majority and minority entrepreneurs of identity attempt to essentialize the headscarf in its various forms.

Keywords: identity strategies; essentialism; risk; postcolonialism; fundamentalism; new nationalism; securitizing subjectivity

Chapter.  13751 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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