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Culture, Ideology, Morality, and Religion: Death Changes Everything


Tom Pyszczynski


University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Pelin Kesebir


University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

2011

THE SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF MEANING, MORTALITY, AND CHOICE, M. Mikulincer, P. R. Shaver, eds., Washington, D.C.: APA Press, 2011

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In this chapter, we consider how the reality of death changes the way human psychological motives operate. Relying on terror management theory (TMT; Greenberg, Pyszczynski, & Solomon, 1986; Solomon, Greenberg, & Pyszczynski, 1991), we argue that humanly constructed meaning systems, such as culture, ideology, morality, and religion serve important death-denying functions. Clearly, these systems also function to solve practical problems and help with survival and reproduction. Yet TMT posits that the human awareness of death added urgency to the way humans hold on to these sources of meaning, and changed the sorts of meanings that people sought to attain. We start with a brief overview of TMT and a discussion of how culture, ideology, morality, and religion are affected by awareness of mortality. The second part of the chapter addresses recent conceptualizations that have been proposed as alternatives to TMT, that argue that the problem of death is a specific case of a more general threat. We explain why we consider awareness of death a unique force for the human psyche that is responsible for changing the pursuit of meaning, value, and security in ways that affect the functioning of culture, ideology, and religion.

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Keywords: death anxiety, existential motivation, terror management theory, culture, ideology, morality, religion

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Date posted: April 5, 2011 ; Last revised: June 8, 2011

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Pyszczynski, Tom and Kesebir, Pelin, Culture, Ideology, Morality, and Religion: Death Changes Everything (2011). THE SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF MEANING, MORTALITY, AND CHOICE, M. Mikulincer, P. R. Shaver, eds., Washington, D.C.: APA Press, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1802731

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Tom Pyszczynski
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs ( email )
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150
United States
Pelin Kesebir (Contact Author)
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs ( email )
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.uccs.edu/~faculty/pkesebir/
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