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Fundamentalism (Key Concepts in the Social Sciences) [Hardcover]

By Steve Bruce (Author)
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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.79" Width: 5.65" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.63 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2001
Publisher   Polity
ISBN  0745623654  
EAN  9780745623658  

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This insightful and provocative new study explores the combination of social strains and religious ideas that have produced such fundamentalist movements as the Islamic revolution in Iran and the new Christian Right in the USA. Social science has generally focused on the social circumstances that produce extremist movements and regarded their religious ideologies as window-dressing. This study takes the religious elements of fundamentalism seriously. It explains why some religions are more likely than others to produce fundamentalism and why those movements differ in their willingness to use violence to pursue their goals. Rejecting the idea that fundamentalists are suffering from some kind of abnormal psychology, Bruce claims that fundamentalism is a rational response of traditionally religious people to social, political and economic changes that downgrade the role of religion in public life. Despite its importance as a symptom of rapid social change, he concludes that fundamentalism does not pose a serious challenge or sustainable alternative to the secular and liberal democracy of most Western societies. Its force is weakened by its own internal contradictions and blunted by the power of the nation state.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steve Bruce is Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of many books, including Religion in Modern Britain, The Rise and Fall of the New Christian Right, The Red Hand, and The Edge of the Union, and the co-editor of The Rapture of Politics: The Christian Right as the
United States Approaches the Year 2000.

Steve Bruce was born in 1954.

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