Driven to Death: Psychological and Social Aspects of Suicide Terrorism

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OUP USA, 2 gru 2010 - 315
Suicide attacks are the definitive form of terrorism. More than any other terrorist tactic, they convey the ruthless willingness of present day terrorists to kill themselves for killing others. Since September 11, 2001 the number of suicide attacks around the world has risen dramatically, causing on average far more fatalities per attack than other forms of terrorism. What drives a person to kill himself for killing others, in the name of a political or religious cause? This book is the first to report a series of studies in which failed suicide bombers and organizers of suicide attacks were subjected to systematic clinical psychological interviews and tests and were compared to non-suicide terrorists. This direct psychological examination enabled a first-hand assessment of the personality characteristics and motivation of suicide bombers. Additional interviews conducted by seasoned area specialists provided a comprehensive picture of the ways by which the suicide bombers were recruited, prepared and dispatched to their planned death, as well as how they felt and behaved along this road. This information was supplemented by data derived from interviews with the families of suicide bombers who died carrying out their attacks. The psychological makeup of suicide terrorists is put into context in other chapters of the book, so as to provide an inclusive understanding of this phenomenon, which takes into account public atmosphere and the ways in which terrorist groups influence the suicide candidates. The book examines the characteristics of suicide terrorists in light of the most influential theories of suicide and offers a critical and innovative analysis of current explanations of suicide terrorism.

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A careful work building upon the best available empirical evidence (e.g., since one cannot interview successful suicide terrorists, he gather data from failed suicide terrorists). The result is ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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1 Introduction
2 The Spectrum of Suicide for an Ideological Cause
A Global View
4 Palestinian Suicide Bombers in the Eyes of Their Families
5 A Controlled Study of WouldBe Suicides
Psychological Characteristics and Decision Making
7 Public Atmosphere
8 Suicide Terrorism in the Light of Suicide Theory
9 Current Explanations of Suicide Terrorism
An Integrative View of Suicide Terrorism
Palestinian Populations Support for or Opposition to Armed Operations and Suicide Attacks
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Prof. Ariel Merari has studied terrorism and political violence for more than 30 years. He has been a faculty member of Tel Aviv University's Department of psychology, established the terrorism research program at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, a visiting professor at Berkeley and Harvard,
and a Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School's International Security Program. He has published widely on terrorism and was interviewed by all major television networks.

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