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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Radical Left: Political Infighting and the Narcissism of Small Differences
by Reid, Adam M., M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2018, 53; 10684156
Abstract (Summary)

Why is there in-and-out fighting between radical leftist groups? I propose that one’s identity as the result of group membership creates a collective narcissism that leads to quarreling between groups.

Within this research, I utilized the Freudian notion of the narcissism of small differences to analyze the infighting throughout my literature review.

With respect to theoretical perspectives, I utilized the notion of collective narcissism and group narcissism outlined by Erich Fromm and Golec de Zavala as a means of showcasing the in-group turmoil that exists within these radical leftist groups.

In this work I analyzed this question through a qualitative design. I interviewed ten participants within various radical leftist groups through interviews.

Within this research, I found out that the course of the findings presented to me throughout the course of the interviews showcased that the infighting occurs as the result of an unwillingness to cooperative with one another, the power of identity, and lastly, the notion of praxis as it is related to the groups moving forward with their ideologies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Finkelstein, Marv
Commitee: Frey-Spurlock, Connie, Maätita, Florence
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Sociology & Criminal Justice Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Political science, Psychology, Sociology
Keywords: Anarchism, Factions, Infighting, Marxism, Narcissism, Radical left
Publication Number: 10684156
ISBN: 978-0-355-93448-9
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