Chapter 8. Terrorist Networks and Small Group Psychology

  1. David Canter Professor
  1. Sam Mullins MA Hons, MSc, PhD

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch8

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

How to Cite

Mullins, S. (2009) Terrorist Networks and Small Group Psychology, in The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (ed D. Canter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch8

Editor Information

  1. University of Huddersfield, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Wollongong, Australia

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:

  • terrorist networks and small group psychology;
  • creating models of terrorist group development over time;
  • term ‘network’ - used in reference to organizational level of analysis;
  • vital component in becoming terrorists - spontaneous group interaction with one's peers;
  • spontaneous group interaction - amplified by emergence of distinct ‘self-starter’ groups;
  • multiple undirected association matrices constructed using Excel;
  • ‘Millennial Plot’ - involving plan to bomb Los Angeles airport;
  • September 11th Hamburg Group - newcomers joining individually;
  • distinction between Montreal and Hamburg groups - focus of group's ideological starting point;
  • appreciation of lifespan of groups and relation between behaviour and changing social structure

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Methodology

  • The Millennial Plot

  • The September 11th Hamburg Group

  • The Groups Compared

  • Concluding Remarks

  • References