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Ethnoreligious Conflict and Populism: Emotive Political Response in the Rohingya Conflict

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Education, Melbourne Burwood Campus, Deakin University, Melbourne 3125, Australia
Academic Editor: Daniel H. Levine
Religions 2021, 12(10), 816; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100816
Received: 12 August 2021 / Revised: 16 September 2021 / Accepted: 27 September 2021 / Published: 28 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Populist Performances and Religion in Global Perspective)
The rise of populism in the twenty-first century has been marked by the use of religion and national identity as emotive mobilizing forces to increase in-group solidarity and demarcate the notional boundaries of communities. The process often leads to the exclusion of vulnerable ethnoreligious minorities and to increased violence against them. This article analyses the role of fear as a principal emotion in the context of ethnoreligious conflict with reference to the Rohingya conflict in Myanmar. The article is divided in three parts. Part one explores notions of collective fear with reference to religious and ethnic conflict. Part two illustrates how collective existential fear has fuelled populist religious infused responses to the Rohignya conflict leading to the latest mass exodus of 2017. The final part considers whether fear can be an instrument of construction rather than destruction, to help build bridges than destroy, to connect people than isolate them. View Full-Text
Keywords: emotions; fear; Rohingya; ethnic conflict; populism; religious conflict; Rakhine emotions; fear; Rohingya; ethnic conflict; populism; religious conflict; Rakhine
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Laoutides, C. Ethnoreligious Conflict and Populism: Emotive Political Response in the Rohingya Conflict. Religions 2021, 12, 816. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100816

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Laoutides C. Ethnoreligious Conflict and Populism: Emotive Political Response in the Rohingya Conflict. Religions. 2021; 12(10):816. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100816

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Laoutides, Costas. 2021. "Ethnoreligious Conflict and Populism: Emotive Political Response in the Rohingya Conflict" Religions 12, no. 10: 816. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100816

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