The Psychology of Terrorism: A public understanding, Volume 1

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - Psychology - 256 pages
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Responding directly to 9/11, an outstanding interdisciplinary group of academics, clinicians, and activists from around the world united to produce this clear exploration of terrorism. Contributors, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Dr. John E. Mack, present an enormous range of terror-related factors in this important multivolume set. Following a foreword by Professor Klaus Schwab, president and founder of the World Economic Forum, chapters address terror and violence perpetrated by children, compare terrorists to cultists, and separate the fact, fiction, and hysteria surrounding bioterrorism.

Other topics include:

* Historical contexts

* Group dynamics

* Social and behavioral issues

* Psychological and psychopathological issues

* Evolutionary issues

* Forensics

Also presented are global perspectives on issues such as:

*Understanding and empathy

*Bias, prejudice, and racism

*Hate

*Sexism

Additional subjects include state terrorism, countering international terrorism using perspectives from international psychology, and the role of resilience in terror's aftermath. Forged with a combination of talents and viewpoints rarely seen in the worlds of academia and activism, these volumes advance knowledge and understanding as a framework for considering responses to terrorism.

 

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Contents

Behavioral Perspectives
9
3 Intersubjective Dimensions ofTerrorism and Its Transcendence
17
Social Psychological Aspects of the Construction of the Enemy Political Violence and Terror
49
5 Terrorist Beliefs and Terrorist Lives
97
Embracing the Compass of the Self
113
Reflections on Our War With the Other
129
8 Understanding Suicidal Terror Through Humanistic and Existential Psychology
143
Separating Fact Fiction and Hysteria
159
Transcending the Mind of Enmity
173
The Path to Resilience
185
Afterword
209
Index
211
About the Editor and Advisory Board
221
About the Contributors
223
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CHRIS E. STOUT has served as an advisor to the White House and a representative to the United Nations, and is now Illinois' first Chief of Psychological Services. A clinical psychologist, he holds a joint governmental and academic appointment in the Northwestern University Medical School.

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