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7023 -- FISCHER, KARSTEN

Arbeit an der Apokalypse. Zur Begriffsbestimmung von "Fundamentalismus"
Berliner Journal für Soziologie 16.2006:429-440)

Keywords: fundamentalism, apocalypse

##Attaining apocalypse. Towards a definition of "fundamentalism"
Against the social science"s discontent with the concept "fundamentalism", the article aims at a definition of" this concept, starting out with the dual nature of fundamentalism as a self-description and as a critical concept. In an historical-comparative perspective, it is possible to differentiate several cross-culturat phases of fundamentalist latency and virulence. The resulting definition focuses on the will to give rise to Apocalypse as a common characteristic of fundamentalist movements and their paradox answer to modernity. In conclusion, the article reflects upon political consequences of this conceptualization.##

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