Chapter 1. The Multi-Faceted Nature of Terrorism: An Introduction

  1. David Canter Professor
  1. David Canter Professor

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch1

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

How to Cite

Canter, D. (2009) The Multi-Faceted Nature of Terrorism: An Introduction, in The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (ed D. Canter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch1

Editor Information

  1. University of Huddersfield, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Huddersfield, UK

  1. This chapter draws heavily on (Canter, 2006) where a fuller account of the psychology of suicide bombers is given.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470753804

Online ISBN: 9780470744499

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Keywords:

  • multi-faceted nature of terrorism;
  • wide-ranging nature of terrorist activity over time and place;
  • Horgan's view, terrorism not an act but a process of which a person is a part;
  • mental illness and suicide bombing - difficulty in fathoming;
  • longevity and terrorist group number - diverse and varied;
  • events as terrorist activities - diffuse, focusing on how they are identified;
  • acts of violence, political strategies by groups - themselves not being established states;
  • Richardson's seven-point set of criteria - what is at heart of terrorist activity, being its vagueness;
  • Mohammad Sidique Khan (2005), one of 7/7 London bombers;
  • brainwashing, role of religious ideology - clearing persons of previous beliefs and washing their brains

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Wide-ranging Nature of Terrorism

  • A Definition

  • Difficulties in Studying Terrorists

  • Explanations of Terrorism

  • Terrorism as Process

  • The Social Psychology of Terrorism

  • Reporting Terrorism

  • The Future

  • Countering the Psychological Precursors to Terrorism

  • Disengagement

  • References