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‘Fundamentalism’, ‘Radicalisation’ and ‘Terrorism’ revisited: Some notes on the application of group psychotherapy to the understanding of terrorism and political oppression
Journal Title: FORUM 
Author/s: Dick Blackwell 
Year:  2012 Issue: Language: English 
Pages:  14 Pg. 69-82 FullText PDF:  197 KB
DOI:  10.3280/FORU2012-005008
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The discourse that formulates political conflicts in terms of large group dynamics, particularly large group regression, as exemplified by Lord Alderdice in ‘Fundamentalism, Radicalisation and Terrorism as Large Group Phenomena’ (Forum, July 2010) implicitly structures the problem ideologically. While presented as an ideologically neutral position, the way in which the terms are used implies an observer position hat fails to critically observe the politics of the ‘West’ and their involvements in terrorism. It is a position that overlooks wider and deeper aspects of political reality, producing a significantly ahistorical, de-contextualised and apparently apolitical formulation of what is essentially a political situation. This perspective from the West colludes with and indeed paves the way for an Orwellian discourse of obfuscation and mystification that hides the way in which the Western empire maintains a system of global domination, exploitation and oppression. A comprehensive analysis of political conflict requires an investigation of historical, political, economic, cultural and religious dimensions, along with a group analytic understanding of the social unconscious in which all these dimensions are reflected in the matrix of the collectivity, which may not necessarily constitute a group. It also requires us to begin with ourselves and not with the ‘other’ and to deconstruct the discourse in which we find ourselves and the ‘others’.

Dick Blackwell, in "FORUM" 5/2012, pp. 69-82, DOI:10.3280/FORU2012-005008

   

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