Are we living in an age of persecution?

Prof. Fathali M. Moghaddam

What's driving us when we act as a collective? And why does modern life mean more people feel persecuted than ever before?

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Persecution is a common theme throughout history. And although there's been a general decline in direct violence in recent times, more groups and individuals than ever before feel defined by the violation of their rights, and perceived cultural and institutional violence against them. Pathological hatred and polarisation are everywhere. Are we living in an age of persecution?

Fathali Mogghadam is a professor of psychology at Georgetown University in the USA, where he explores how context and culture shape human behaviour. He's an expert in mutual radicalisation: the process of individuals and groups driving each other to more and more extreme behaviour and beliefs.

Fathali joins us in The Garden for this special conversational look at the psychology of persecution and why modern life means more people feel persecuted than ever before.

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50 minutes



About the Fellow

Prof. Fathali M. Moghaddam

Prof. Fathali M. Moghaddam is both a professor of Psychology at Georgetown University, and the editor-in-chief of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

Persecution Collection

Throughout history, humans have found ways to oppress and malign those they feel they're in opposition to, whether because of ethnicity or beliefs. In this collection, we're exploring the legacy of persecutions past, and why they're such a recurring theme.