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Understanding Terrorism : Psychosocial Roots, Consequences and Interventions - Fathali M. Moghaddam

Understanding Terrorism

Psychosocial Roots, Consequences and Interventions

By: Fathali M. Moghaddam (Editor), Anthony J. Marsella (Editor)

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This analysis brings the many resources of psychological science and practice to bear on the problem of terrorism by providing empirically-based theory and interventions for understanding, intervening and preventing this challenge to international security. It addresses many of the conceptual and definitional issues associated with terrorism, especially those arising from the complex historical and cultural variations in its meaning, motives and consequences. Terrorism, by definition, attempts to change the psychological state of its targets, so psychologists are well-positioned to cast light on this phenomenon. In this work, international experts offer an analysis of the psychosocial basis of terrorism and suggest ways to prevent it, including both strategies to eliminate the conditions that give rise to terrorism as well as effective ways to treat victims of terrorism.

Contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
Foundations and Contextp. 9
Reflections on International Terrorism: Issues, Concepts, and Directionsp. 11
Dishonest Crimes, Dishonest Language: An Argument About Terrorismp. 49
Peace and War in the Middle East: A Psychopolitical and Sociocultural Perspectivep. 69
The Social Construction of Terrorismp. 91
Cultural Preconditions for Potential Terrorist Groups: Terrorism and Societal Changep. 103
Psychosocial Contextp. 119
The Role of Selective Moral Disengagement in Terrorism and Counterterrorismp. 121
Understanding and Responding to Group Violence: Genocide, Mass Killing, and Terrorismp. 151
Terrorism and the Quest for Identityp. 169
Malevolent Minds: The Teleology of Terrorismp. 187
Terrorism From a Peace Psychology Perspectivep. 207
Consequences of Terrorismp. 221
The Psychosocial Aftermath of Terrorismp. 223
Terrorism and the Mental Health and Well-Being of Refugees and Displaced Peoplep. 247
Psychology's Response to Terrorismp. 265
Referencesp. 283
Author Indexp. 315
Subject Indexp. 323
About the Editorsp. 343
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ISBN: 9781591470328
ISBN-10: 1591470323
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 26th September 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 18.4  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.93