How Nationalism is Similar to Juvenile Delinquency

  • Jerome BraunEmail author


The psychology of nationalism is discussed, compared to authoritarian and narcissistic forms of personal identity, and shown to have similarities with authoritarian and narcissistic sources of juvenile delinquency. A typology of close personal relationships is developed which is used to discuss the differences between gemeinschaft (community) and gesellschaft (association), as well as the existence of mixed cases. There is reference to cultural values that influence the development of juvenile delinquency in Germany, South Africa, and America, and how this parallels differences in social solidarities that have influence on politics. The cultural requirements for American-style democracy, based on both moralistic ideals and lack of strong social solidarity, producing a particular version of gesellschaft, are compared to the cultural requirements of more authoritarian, often originally gemeinschaft-based societies, where over time the reasons for the rules are sometimes lost and replaced by clinging for reasons of sought emotional security.


Authoritarianism Gemeinschaft (community) Gesellschaft (association) Juvenile delinquency Narcissism Nationalism 


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