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.
|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|
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