Understanding Terrorism: Psychological Roots, Consequences and Interventions / Edition 1

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Understanding Terrorism brings the many resources of psychological science and practice to bear on the problem of terrorism by providing empirically based theory and interventions for understanding, intervening, and preventing this challenge to international security. The volume addresses many of the conceptual and definitional issues associated with terrorism, especially those arising from the complex historical and cultural variations in its meaning, motives, and consequences. Terrorism, by definition, attempts to change the psychological state of its targets, so psychologists are well positioned to cast light on this phenomenon. In this volume, leading international experts offer an incisive analysis of the psychosocial basis of terrorism and suggest ways to prevent it, including both strategies to eliminate the conditions that give rise to terrorism as well as effective ways to treat victims of terrorism. Social and clinical psychologists, social scientists, social workers, and lawmakers will find this volume to be indispensable.

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book represents the author's successful attempt to assess the psychological origins and ultimately the consequences that result from terrorism. It is written in a nonbiased, nonjudgmental way and examines various perspectives of terrorists.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach to the examination of terrorism. It is through this examination that the reader is given a comprehensive awareness and understanding of the complexity of terrorism. In light of the present state of affairs, this book exceeds the authors' objectives.
Audience: What truly stands out about this book is that it is highly readable, not only for seasoned psychologists, academics, and researchers, but also for undergraduate students and the general public. The chapters are written by notable experts in the field whose credibility is without question.
Features: This book examines opposing viewpoints on what terrorism is and argues that the rationale given by terrorists for their acts is not in retaliation to a supposed injustice but is much more complex. The acts themselves have psychological meanings, and current explanations and definitions of terrorism are explored in detail. What is also noteworthy is the author's frank and objective examination of the relationship between the U.S. and Israel. Much attention is given to the cultural differences, counterterrorism, and the quest for peace. The chapter on psychology's response to terrorism is quite moving and a must-read.
Assessment: This book easily can stand alone as both a primer and as additional reading on terrorism. It truly is a scholarly work deserving the designation as the definitive source for understanding terrorism.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591470328
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Terrorism: Reflections on Issues, Concepts, and Directions
    —Anthony J. Marsella
  • Dishonest Crimes: Dishonest Language: An Argument About Terrorism
    —Brien Hallett
  • Peace and War in the Middle East: A Psychopolitical and Sociocultural Perspective
    —Naji Abi Hashem
  • The Social Construction of Terrorism
    —Rom HarrJ
  • Cultural Preconditions for Potential Terrorist Groups: Terrorism and Societal Change
    —Fathali Moghaddam
  • The Origins and Consequences of Moral Disengagement: A Social Learning Perspective
    —Albert Bandura
  • Understanding and Responding to Group Violence: Genocide, mass Killing, Terrorism
    —Erwin Staub
  • Terrorism and The Quest for Identity
    —Donald Taylor and Winifred Lewis
  • Malevolent Minds: The Teleology of Terrorism
    —Thomas Ditzler
  • Terrorism: Peace Psychology Perspectives
    —Richard W. Wagner and Katherine R. Long
  • The Psychosocial Aftermath of Terrorism
    —Yael Danieli,Brian Engdahl, and William E. Schlenger
  • Terrorism and the mental Health and Well-Being Of Refugees and Displaced People
    —Michael G. Wessells
  • Psychology's Response to Terrorism
    —Robert F. Levant, Laura Barbanel, and Patrick DeLeon
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