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The psychology of terrorism
Stout, Chris E.
Publication Information:
Westport, CT : Praeger, 2002.
Physical Description:
4 volumes : illustrations ; 24 cm.
v. 1. A public understanding -- v. 2. Clinical aspects and responses -- v. 3. Theoretical understandings and perspectives -- v. 4. Programs and practices in response and prevention.
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Responding directly to the events of September 11, 2001, 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


Also presented are global perspectives on issues such as:

-Understanding and empathy

-Bias, prejudice, and racism



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.

Author Notes

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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This four-volume collection of writings by more than 40 academics, clinicians, thinkers, and activists represents another ambitious attempt to address the causes of terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11. Published under the auspices of The World Economic Forum, and in the "Psychological Dimensions to War and Peace" series, these volumes offer readers diverse opinions and perspectives in order to generate further thinking on the complex subject of terrorism. Although the authors touch on many disciplines, most are rooted in the field of psychology, which provides an integrating disciplinary framework for the different contributions. Volume 1 is an overview to deepen public understanding of terrorism; volume 2 focuses on clinical aspects of dealing with the emotional impact of political violence; volume 3 offers psychological perspectives intertwined with religion, politics, globalization, and social injustice; volume 4 deals with preventative and therapeutic programs related to children, adolescents, families, schools, and communities. Although disparate in content, these contributions go a long way in expanding readers' general knowledge of politically motivated violence, as well as elucidating the causes and consequences of 9/11. ^BSumming Up: Essential. For those interested in the psychology of political violence--from general readers and undergraduates to faculty, diplomats, and policy makers. R. H. Dekmejian University of Southern California

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Part I Global Perspectivesp. 1
1 A Community Psychology Perspective on Terrorism: Lessons from South Africap. 3
2 Social-Psychological Considerations in the Emergence and Growth of Terrorismp. 23
3 Countering International Terrorism: Perspectives from International Psychologyp. 33
4 Terrorism, Social Injustice, and Peace Buildingp. 57
Part II Models Focused on Youthp. 75
5 Terror and Violence Perpetrated by Childrenp. 77
6 Everyday Terrorism-the Long Shadow of Our Hidden Dragon: Shared Factors of Terrorism and Juvenile Violencep. 91
7 Preventing Terrorism: Raising "inclusively" Caring Children in the Complex World of the Twenty-First Centuryp. 119
8 Preventing Future Terrorist Activities among Adolescents through Global Psychology: a Cooperative Learning Communityp. 131
9 How Conflict Resolution Programming in Our Schools Addresses Terrorism Issuesp. 157
10 Terror, Disaster, and War: How Can We Help Our Children?p. 183
Afterwordp. 195
Indexp. 197
About the Editor and Advisory Boardp. 203
About the Contributorsp. 205