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Lindgren, Tomas
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Lindgren, T. (2018). Religious conflicts: opportunity structures, group dynamics, and framing. Al Albab, 7(1), 17-32
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religious conflicts: opportunity structures, group dynamics, and framing
2018 (English)In: Al Albab, ISSN 0216-6143, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 17-32Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Explanations of violent religious conflicts usually focus on preconditions, facilitator causes or precipitating events at micro, meso or macro levels of analysis. As social psychology is the scientific study of the ways in which thoughts, feelings, perceptions, motives, and behaviors are influenced by interactions and transactions between groups and individuals, it can increase our understanding of the dynamics of religious conflicts at micro and meso levels. In this paper, I illustrate this point with a discussion of the utility of social movement theory for understanding the dynamics of religious conflicts. Social movement theory locates religious conflicts within broader contexts and complex processes by focusing on the interplay between micro and meso factors and the ways in which people perceive macro factors. Given certain conditions, religion can and often do contribute to collective violence. Religion is rarely, if ever, the main cause of intergroup conflicts, but is often used as an instrument for the mobilization of human and non-human resources. Appeal to religion may help conflicting parties overcome the collective action problem associated with intergroup conflicts. This does not necessarily mean that religious conflicts have unique characteristics or a logic of their own that sets them apart from other types of intergroup conflicts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Pontianak State Institute of Islamic Studies, 2018
Keywords
Religion, conflict, violence, social psychology
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
religionspsykologi
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-149337 (URN)
Available from: 2018-06-19 Created: 2018-06-19 Last updated: 2018-10-29Bibliographically approved
Lindgren, T. (2017). Evolutionspsykologi och religion (4ed.). In: Antoon Geels & Owe Wikström (Ed.), Den religiösa människan: en introduktion till religionspsykologin (pp. 483-503). Stockholm: Natur och kultur
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Evolutionspsykologi och religion
2017 (Swedish)In: Den religiösa människan: en introduktion till religionspsykologin / [ed] Antoon Geels & Owe Wikström, Stockholm: Natur och kultur, 2017, 4, p. 483-503Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Natur och kultur, 2017 Edition: 4
National Category
Psychology Religious Studies
Research subject
religionspsykologi
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141091 (URN)9789127819351 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-10-25 Created: 2017-10-25 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Lindgren, T. (2017). Mechanisms of religious radicalization: Pathways toward violence. In: : . Paper presented at Strong Religion and Mainstream Culture: Youth, Education and Technology.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mechanisms of religious radicalization: Pathways toward violence
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
religionspsykologi
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141653 (URN)
Conference
Strong Religion and Mainstream Culture: Youth, Education and Technology
Available from: 2017-11-11 Created: 2017-11-11 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Lindgren, T. (2017). Religious radicalization in Indonesia and beyond: Mechanisms and processes. In: : . Paper presented at Risks, roots, and responses: Nordic conference on research on violent extremism.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religious radicalization in Indonesia and beyond: Mechanisms and processes
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Radicalization can be described as a change in beliefs, feelings and behaviors in directions that increasingly legitimize collective violence. The final stage is typically the actual undertaking of violent acts in support of a political cause. Why do some people move toward violence and how do they move in this direction? In this paper, I describe mechanisms of radicalization relevant to understanding the origins of religious violence. Based on theory and empirical data, I argue that some people are exposed to a combination of factors – political, socioeconomic, ideological, and/or social – that cause them to be more vulnerable to radicalization than others. The process by which people come to join a militant religious group and internalize its collective action frame is conceptualized as a process of mobilization. I make a distinction between two types of mobilization: informal and elite-directed mobilization. Informal mobilization occurs through loosely connected networks based mainly on personal friendship as well as shared school, workplace, or neighborhood. In elite-directed mobilization, religious leaders exploit grievances by creating and directing – inclusive or exclusive – groups through which mobilization takes place. In the case of Indonesia, I show how national and transnational networks facilitate radicalization in various ways, for example, by creating a shared sense of identity.

National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-134320 (URN)
Conference
Risks, roots, and responses: Nordic conference on research on violent extremism
Available from: 2017-04-28 Created: 2017-04-28 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Lindgren, T. (2017). The contribution of social psychological theory to understanding religious conflicts. In: : . Paper presented at 17th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The contribution of social psychological theory to understanding religious conflicts
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
religionspsykologi
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-142500 (URN)
Conference
17th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies
Available from: 2017-12-01 Created: 2017-12-01 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Lindgren, T. & Sonnenschein, H. (2017). Why do people kill in the name of religion?: Evolutionary psychology, political process theory and the causes of religious conflicts. In: : . Paper presented at IAPR Conference in Hamar.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Why do people kill in the name of religion?: Evolutionary psychology, political process theory and the causes of religious conflicts
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
religionspsykologi
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138749 (URN)
Conference
IAPR Conference in Hamar
Available from: 2017-08-29 Created: 2017-08-29 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Lindgren, T. (2016). A multivoiced nonviolent identity in a time of terror: A case study. In: : . Paper presented at Ninth International Conference on the Dialogical Self.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A multivoiced nonviolent identity in a time of terror: A case study
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
religionspsykologi
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125481 (URN)
External cooperation:
Conference
Ninth International Conference on the Dialogical Self
Available from: 2016-09-13 Created: 2016-09-13 Last updated: 2018-06-07
Lindgren, T. (2016). Current challenges of Indonesian and Malay Islam in the modern world. In: : . Paper presented at The 16th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Current challenges of Indonesian and Malay Islam in the modern world
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-134848 (URN)
Conference
The 16th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies
Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Lindgren, T. (2016). Making Sense of Radicalization: A Social Psychological Perspective. In: : . Paper presented at 8th International Graduate and Scholar’s Conference in Indonesia (IGSSCI).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Making Sense of Radicalization: A Social Psychological Perspective
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-127450 (URN)
Conference
8th International Graduate and Scholar’s Conference in Indonesia (IGSSCI)
Available from: 2016-11-14 Created: 2016-11-14 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Lindgren, T. (2016). The psychological study of religious violence: A theoretical and methodological discussion. Al-Albab, 5(2), 155-174
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The psychological study of religious violence: A theoretical and methodological discussion
2016 (English)In: Al-Albab, ISSN 0216-6143, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 155-174Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to discuss the use and usefulness of psychological theory and psychological methods in the study of religious violence. My analysis of previous research revealed an imbalance between data, method and theory. There are few psychological studies on religious terrorism based on first-hand empirical data. The analysis also showed that psychological explanations of religious terrorism are, in general, not sensitive to cultural factors. Religious terrorism is a culturally constituted phenomenon. It is therefore important that research on religious violence is based on theoretical and empirical approaches sensitive to the cultural construction of violence. This means that psychologists of religion must be willing to use novel and creative methods sensitive to the unique cultural context where the violent behaviour is acted out and interpreted by the actors of the violent drama, for example, discourse analysis or narrative research. In the self-corrective and growth-inducing feedback process between these methods and primary data it would be possible to develop valid psychological explanations of religious violence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Pontianak: Pontianak Institute of Islamic Studies, 2016
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
religionspsykologi
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130306 (URN)
Available from: 2017-01-16 Created: 2017-01-16 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
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