Origins of Terrorism Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind

ISBN-10: 0943875897

ISBN-13: 9780943875897

Edition: 1998

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Description: "These essays contain an excellent blend of theory with specific facts and narrative accounts of dealing with terrorism. I don't know of another book which has the sweep of this one, the illustrative detail, and the welcome, refreshing recognition that there is no neat explanation for terrorism. This book will have a major impact on future research."--David F. Musto, Yale School of Medicine Terrorists and terrorism have become a major force internationally. Hostage-taking and other acts of violence for political ends are common all over the globe. This groundbreaking study sheds new light on the phenomenon of terrorism. This book examines and explains the nature and sources of terrorists' beliefs, actions, goals, worldviews, and states of mind. Origins of Terrorism addresses, with scholarly responsibility as well as necessary urgency, one of the most vexing intellectual and political challenges of our time. The contributors to this book bring deep learning and experience in realms that are vital to an understanding of the arenas within which terrorist behavior takes place-arenas such as ideology, nationalism and religion. The authors explore terrorist behavior in its troubling richness and diversity, and identify the ways in which it develops, grows and sustains itself. In addition, they study the mechanisms that enable terrorists to easily carry out violent acts against innocents, as well as the ways in which leaders of governments respond to terrorist actions and threats. Finally, they identify the opportunities for future research in the psychology of terrorism as well as the limits of such research This collection, under Reich's editorship, will help us to understand terrorism as well as the motivations behind it. Origins of Terrorism, which is being published simultaneously in hardcover and paperback, is an important study which is bound to affect the way we look at world politics.

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Book details

List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Publication date: 9/18/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

Preface
Introduction
Strategy or Psychology? Origins of Terrorist Behaviour
The logic of terrorism: terrorist behaviour as a product of strategic choice
Terrorist psycho-logic: terrorist behaviour as a product of psychological forces
Varieties of Terrorism: Ideological and Religious Motivations
Ideology and rebellion: terrorism in West Germany
Ideology and repentance: terrorism in Italy
The psychopolitical formation of extreme left terrorism in a democracy: the case of the weathermen
Terrorism in democracies: its social and political bases Ted
Sacred terror: a contemporary example from Islam
The moral logic of Hizballah
States of Mind: How Do Terrorists Think? Which Psychological Mechanisms Enable Them To Do What They Do?
Mechanism of moral disengagement
The readiness to kill and die: suicidal terrorism and indiscriminate violence in the Middle East
Responding To Terrorism: Decision-making and the Pressures on Leadership
Hostage taking, the presidency, and stress
Taking vows: the domestication of policy-making in hostage incidents
The Psychology of Terrorism: What Can We Know, What Must We Learn?
Questions to be answered, research to be done, knowledge to be applied
Understanding terrorist behaviour: the limits and opportunities of psychological inquiry
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