The devoted actor’s will to fight and the spiritual dimension of human conflict

  title={The devoted actor’s will to fight and the spiritual dimension of human conflict},
  author={{\'A}ngel G{\'o}mez and L. L{\'o}pez-Rodr{\'i}guez and H. Sheikh and Jeremy Ginges and L. Wilson and Hoshang Waziri and A. V{\'a}zquez and R. Davis and S. Atran},
  journal={Nature Human Behaviour},
  • Ángel Gómez, L. López-Rodríguez, +6 authors S. Atran
  • Published 2017
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Nature Human Behaviour
  • Frontline investigations with fighters against the Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS), combined with multiple online studies, address willingness to fight and die in intergroup conflict. The general focus is on non-utilitarian aspects of human conflict, which combatants themselves deem ‘sacred’ or ‘spiritual’, whether secular or religious. Here we investigate two key components of a theoretical framework we call ‘the devoted actor’—sacred values and identity fusion with a group—to better understand… CONTINUE READING
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