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Women and Terrorism - Luisella De Cataldo Neuburger

Hardcover Published: 12th June 1996
ISBN: 9780333632598
Number Of Pages: 178

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This book, which is intended as a contribution to a better understanding of women's participation in terrorism, deals with four main issues: (1) the study of women's participation in violent terrorist movements to try to discover the key to the psychological and sociological interpretation of their involvement in a life experience with which they are not traditionally associated; (2) the different responses to 'penitentism' between men and women; (3) the psychological and social interpretation of women's support of armed struggle and an enquiry - through the personal experience of the women terrorists interviewed - into the reasons for women's greater resistance to repentance; (4) the use in the criminal justice system of the leads this enquiry has furnished for prognostic purposes and to predict and create conditions that facilitate repentance. Information was collected through a questionnaire to assemble specific data on the personal experience of each of the women terrorists interviewed. The answers obtained are of the utmost interest. To mention only one, the greater obduracy and 'fidelity' to the cause demonstrated by Italian women terrorists as compared to men does not depend on a specific context or culture, but instead seems to be a general 'hallmark' of the feminine way of living the subversive violent struggle or the adoption of terroristic ideologies.

Prologue: Myth and Femininity
Data and Methodsp. 1
Compilation and Analysis of Case Materialp. 4
Women's Participation in Armed Subversionp. 6
'Penitentism' and its Meaningp. 9
Survey Methodsp. 11
Psychological Criteria of Interpretationp. 14
The Phenomenon, the Context and the Peoplep. 22
The Meaning of Violencep. 22
Subversive Violence and its Sociodemographic Contextp. 23
The Faces of Terrorismp. 28
Cliches and Stereotypes of Criminological Research on Female Deviancep. 32
Gender and the Criminal Justice Systemp. 38
The First United Nations Survey on the Situation of Women and the Administration of Criminal Justice Systems, 1970-83p. 43
The Chivalry Factor: Myth and Realityp. 50
Reported Causes of Female Crimep. 52
Female Political Deviancep. 54
The Psychology of 'Penitentism' and the Culture of Violencep. 58
Path and Interpretationp. 63
The Psychological Path of the Terroristp. 63
Female Specificityp. 75
The Two Faces of Obduracyp. 78
Women Penitents and an Explanation of their Repentancep. 86
Political Criminality and Obduracy: a Prognosisp. 89
Conclusionsp. 92
Meetings and Questionnairesp. 97
Appendix 1: Meeting with F, 4 March 1990p. 97
Appendix 2: Mara Aldrovandi, 7 March 1990 - Questionnairep. 100
Appendix 3: Meeting with Mara Aldrovandi, 7 March 1990p. 106
Appendix 4: Joint meeting with Mara Aldrovandi and Mario Ferrandi, 2 April 1990p. 111
Appendix 5: Joint meeting with Mara Aldrovandi and Mario Ferrandi, 7 April 1990p. 113
Appendix 6: Silveria Russo, 16 March 1990 - Questionnairep. 119
Appendix 7: Joint meeting with Silveria Russo and Bruno Laronga, Bergamo, 16 March 1990p. 127
Appendix 8: Joint meeting with Silveria Russo and Bruno Laronga, 9 April 1990p. 131
Appendix 9: Bruno Laronga - Questionnairep. 134
Appendix 10: Mario Ferrandi - Questionnairep. 140
Appendix 11: Vincenza Fioroni - Questionnairep. 146
Appendix 12: Meeting with Vincenza Fioroni, 30 May 1990p. 152
Appendix 13: Joint meeting with Silveria Russo and Bruno Laronga, 3 August 1990p. 157
Referencesp. 166
Indexp. 170
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ISBN: 9780333632598
ISBN-10: 0333632591
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 178
Published: 12th June 1996
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 15