The Terrorist

By Max Taylor

© 2016 – Routledge

224 pages

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pub: 2016-03-30
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About the Book

This book takes a broadly psychological and behavioral perspective on terrorists, but in addition locates the discussion within its social, political and policy context.

Drawing together what we know about the terrorist as an individual and his or her context, this book offers a distinctive approach to understanding the terrorist and terrorism. A key quality of the work is that it draws on contemporary thinking from a range of allied disciplines, including criminology and, in particular, situational approaches to crime control.

The book is structured in five broad sections, with chapters in each section delivering more detailed analysis. Key features of the book include:

  • the narrative makes extensive use of examples and case studies to illustrate the points being made;
  • breadth of coverage;
  • drawing together of insights from a wide range of social and behavioural science disciplines;
  • a distinctively critical approach;
  • develops a practical, behavioral perspective.
  • Written by a leading scholar, this book will be of great interest to students of terrorism studies, political violence, criminology, behavioural psychology and security studies/IR in general.

Table of Contents

PART I: Broad Issues 1. Introduction 2. Perspectives: Long-term Analysis or Short Term? PART II: There are No Magic Solutions 3. Technical 4. Political 5. Psychological PART III: What Can We Say? 6. Terrorism is not Necessarily about Politics 7. Terrorist Offenders not Discernably Different from Others 8. Mad, Bad? PART IV: Terrorist Involvement 9. Becoming a Terrorist 10. Being a Terrorist 11. Stopping Being a Terrorist PART V: Policy towards Terrorism 12. Primum non nocere: First Do No Harm 13. Offender and Criminal 14. Final Comments

About the Author

Max Taylor is Professor of International Relations at the Univerity of St Andrews. He is the author of several books on terrorism, including The Future of Terrorism (with J. Horgan Frank Cass 2000) and Dissident Irish Republicanism (with M.Currie, 2011)

About the Series

Political Violence

This book series contains sober, thoughtful and authoritative academic accounts of terrorism and political violence. Its aim is to produce a useful taxonomy of terror and violence through comparative and historical analysis in both national and international spheres. Each book discusses origins, organisational dynamics and outcomes of particular forms and expressions of political violence.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology