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NCJ Number: 229647 Find in a Library
Title: 'Ontological Insecurity' and Terror Management: Linking Two Free-Floating Anxieties
Journal: Punishment and Society  Volume:12  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:7-26
Author(s): Fenna Van Marle; Shadd Maruna
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 20
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study examined the concept of ontological insecurity.
Abstract: In this article, we seek to clarify and develop the concept of ontological insecurity by linking it to the better developed, empirical literature on 'terror management theory' in social psychology. We argue that the understanding of both ontological insecurity and terror management can be improved through this overdue integration. In particular, merging these literatures can have important explanatory power when it comes to understanding punitive attitudes. The considerable body of empirical evidence that has been gathered to validate the proposition behind terror management theory can be understood as providing indirect support for the concept of ontological insecurity on an individual level. On the other hand, the macrosociological research on ontological insecurity provides the largely decontextualized, laboratory-based literature on terror management with a well-developed understanding of why 'terror management' has become increasingly important in late modern society. Notes and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Socioeconomic impact of terrorism
Index Term(s): Psychological research; Security management; Sociological analyses; Theory
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