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The Terrorist Identity : Explaining the Terrorist Threat (Paperback)

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View the Table of Contents .nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; Read the Introduction . "Arena and Arrigo give us a brilliant glimpse into the 'terrorist' psyche as they detail the creation and maintenance of identity in various terrorist organizations. Their conceptual framework has important implications for law enforcement, public policy makers, and academic researchers engaged in the study of terrorism." — Lynne Snowden, co-author ofCollective Violence "The overall quality of this book is astonishing, the ease of reading and the depth of theoretical knowledge, equally impressive. It is a valuable contribution to the terrorism literature and of such quality that it will be quoted, used, debated, and confronted by researchers for years to come. This book represents a vanguard of sociological thought on this subject and is a much needed voice in the debates on terrorism." — James David Ballard, author of Terrorism, Media, And Public Policy: The Oklahoma City Bombing Who would strap a bomb to his chest, walk into a crowded subway station and blow himself up? Only by examining how a terrorist understands his own identity and actions can this question be answered. The authors ofThe Terrorist Identityexplore how the notion of self-concept combined with membership in terrorist and extremist groups, can shape and sustain the identity of a terrorist as well as their subsequent justification for violence and the legitimacy of their actions. The book provides an understanding of identity that draws on concepts from psychology, criminology, and sociology. Notably, the book examines several case studies of various terrorist groups, including: the Provisional Irish Republican Army, Hamas, the Shining Path, theLiberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and racist Skinheads. By making the construct of identity central to this analysisThe Terrorist Identityexplains how violent and extremist collective behavior emerges culturally, how it informs the identity of group members socially, and how participants assume their place in these groups completely even at the expense of life-threatening harm to others or to themselves.

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Publisher New York Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780814707166
SKU 202708921
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0814707165
Release Date 8/13/2012
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0301
Publisher New York University Press
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