Terrorists, Victims and Society: Psychological Perspectives on Terrorism and its Consequences / Edition 1

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Essential reading for professionals in policing, security, government security agencies, forensic and legal psychology, prison and probation services and the military. It will also be important to all who are tasked with preparing for potential terrorist incidents, for example in mental health services, and a useful resource for students in psychology, criminology, politics and international relations.
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Editorial Reviews

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"…an important and indispensable resource for government and academic professionals in terrorism studies…" (The Terrorist Research Center, 11 March 2004)

“From one of the most respected publishers in the psychological field, this is destined to become a classic” (www.dignify.org, 2004)

"…an accessible volume ..should command a place on the bookshelves of students, academics, and policymakers alike…a valuable exposition …" (Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Vol.27, No.153 – 158 2004)


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Product Details

Meet the Author

Andrew Silke is a lecturer in Forensic Pschology based at the Centre for Applied Psychology at the University of Leichester. He has been actively researching political violence in Northen Ireland and primarily in Belfast since 1993. He has published a number of articles in academic journals on a wide range of issuse relating to terrorism and political violence. He has presented a large number of papers at national and international conferences.

Ariel Merari is Professor of Psychology at Tel Aviv University and is one of Israel's leading academic experts in the field of terrorism studies. Prof. Merari is the author of Shi-ite Terrorism and is the editor of On Terrorism and Combating Terrorism. He serves as a consultant to the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel and has also held positions at the University of California at Berkeley and at Stanford. He is currently a research fellow at Havard University.

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Table of Contents

About the Editor
About the Contributors
Series Preface
Pt. I The Terrorists 1
1 The Search for the Terrorist Personality 3
2 Becoming a Terrorist 29
3 The Psychology of Hostage-Taking 55
4 The Psychology of Cyber-Terrorism 77
5 The Psychology of Suicidal Terrorism 93
6 Leaving Terrorism Behind: An Individual Perspective 109
Pt. II Victims of Terrorism 131
7 The Psychological Impact of Isolated Acts of Terrorism 133
8 The Psychological Impact of Protracted Campaigns of Political Violence on Societies 161
9 Victims of Terrorism and the Media 175
10 Examining the Impact of Terrorism on Children 189
Pt. III Responding to Terrorism 213
11 Retaliating Against Terrorism 215
12 Terrorism and Imprisonment in Northern Ireland: A Psychological Perspective 233
13 Deterring Terrorists 257
Index 271
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