Group Psychology and the Violence of the Non-State Actor Today

Juliet Flower MacCannell, PhD

Freud’s Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego provides a template for analyzing the recent emergence of violence by non-state actors, e.g., terrorists. In Freud’s view, in “artificial groups,” there is an absence of the regression to immoderation and lack of emotional restraint found in ordinary or common groups – mobs. The author analyzes the structure inherent to these types of groups for the light it may shed on contemporary artificial groups such as ISIL and the violence towards those outside them that they generate.

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On Belonging: Words, Things and the Church of Christ

Todd Dean, MD

Belonging to groups is a complicated business. The author attempts to illustrate this from his own experience, arguing that belonging is both a challenge and unavoidably necessary.

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Belonging Is Uncanny: Wakolda, or The German Doctor

Manya Steinkoler, PhD, and Jessica Datema, PhD

The authors critique the notion of imaginary belonging and underline its relation to the Uncanny through a close reading of Lucia Puenzo’s novel Wakolda and viewing the film made from the novel, The German Doctor. Issues of femininity, the mother-daughter bond, and the paternal function as differentiated from ideals of power and ideology, are developed with reference to both the novel and film.

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