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The faces of terrorism : social and psychological dimensions

Author: Neil J Smelser
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2007.
Series: Science essentials (National Academy of Sciences (U.S.))
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Neil Smelser begins by tackling the fundamental problem of defining what exactly terrorism is. He shows why a precise definition has eluded us until now, and he proposes one that takes into account the full complexities of this unconventional and politically charged brand of violence. He explores the root causes and conditions of terrorism, and examines the ideologies that inspire and fuel it throughout the world.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neil J Smelser
ISBN: 9780691133089 0691133085
OCLC Number: 82772623
Description: vi, 285 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The paradoxes of terrorism --
Conditions and causes of terrorism --
Ideological bases of terrorist behavior --
Motivation, social origins, recruitment, groups, audiences, and the media in the terrorism process --
Anticipating, experiencing, and responding to terrorist attacks --
Discouraging terrorism --
The long-term international context of terrorism --
Appendix: The infernal problems of definition and designation.
Series Title: Science essentials (National Academy of Sciences (U.S.))
Responsibility: Neil J. Smelser.
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What gives rise to terrorism, who are its proponents and how do they think, and how - and why - does it work? Drawing from the findings in sociology, political science, psychiatry, and history, this  Read more...

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