Fear of Enemies and Collective Action

Cambridge University Press (2008)
This book explores the way in which the fear of enemies shapes political groups at their founding and helps to preserve them by consolidating them in times of crisis. It develops a theory of “negative association” that examines the dynamics captured by the maxim “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” and then traces its role in the history of political thought, demonstrating that the fear of external threats is an essential element of the formation and preservation of political groups and that its absence renders political association unsustainable
Keywords Political science Philosophy  Political sociology  Political psychology  Group identity Political aspects  Fear Political aspects
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Call number JA71.E94 2008
ISBN(s) 0521177871   9780521886208   0521886201
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