Date of Award

Fall 4-27-2022

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Sociology and Anthropology

Department Chair or Program Director

Kristin Marsh

First Advisor

Eric Gable

Second Advisor

Jason James

Third Advisor

Jason Davidson

Major or Concentration



Through this essay a Foucauldian understanding of the state and state power dismantles conceptions of extremism and creates a new identifier known as “oppositional ideologies.” This new identifier is then applied in the context on René Gerard’s theory of sacrifice and the function of sacrifice is explored through a cross-cultural analysis of wahhabism/salafisism and white nationalism.