Chapter 5. The Primacy of Grievance as a Structural Cause of Oppositional Political Terrorism: Comparing Al Fatah, FARC, and PIRA

  1. David Canter Professor
  1. Jeffrey Ian Ross Associate Professor Fellow

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch5

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

How to Cite

Ross, J. I. (2010) The Primacy of Grievance as a Structural Cause of Oppositional Political Terrorism: Comparing Al Fatah, FARC, and PIRA, in The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (ed D. Canter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch5

Editor Information

  1. University of Huddersfield, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Baltimore, Australia

  1. Special thanks to David Canter, Claire Delisle, Glen Feder and Dawn L. Rothe for comments on this chapter.

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:

  • primacy of grievance as structural cause of oppositional political terrorism;
  • campaigns of oppositional political terrorism - Al-Fatah, FARC and PIRA;
  • applying components of causal model - understanding causal dynamics of oppositional political terrorism;
  • general causal model or theory of causes of oppositional political terrorism;
  • model incorporating 10 basic structural factors - between precursors and precipitants;
  • organizations selected, geographically distinct, with slightly different objectives;
  • Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), oldest terrorist organizations in South America;
  • Palestinian-Israeli conflict - terrorist organizations, al-Fatah, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP);
  • Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA);
  • trait shared most in common by terrorists - powerful effect of grievances

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Objective

  • Case Selection

  • Al-Fatah

  • Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)

  • Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA)

  • Comparisons

  • Conclusion

  • References