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dc.contributor.advisor Breen-Smyth, Marie Talbot, Rohan William James 2009-11-17T16:04:27Z 2009-11-17T16:04:27Z 2008-08
dc.identifier.citation Talbot, R. W. J., (2008) 'The role of psychological processes in terrorism: A group-level analysis', Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University
dc.identifier.citation Talbot, R. W. J. (2008) The role of psychological processes in terrorism: A group-level analysis, MSc Econ. Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University.
dc.description.abstract A large body of research has been built up in the attempt to explain the occurrence of terrorism. The majority of this work has focussed at the structural level of analysis (political, social and economic causal factors) or at the individual level (terrorist personality, psychopathology and abnormality). This paper attempts to formulate a group-level explanation of terrorism. The first section summarises the existing literature, in order to establish why a group perspective is important. The following chapter explores the processes underlying how individuals come to accept radical ideologies and join violent political groups. The final section evaluates psychological theories of group dynamics (including obedience and conformity, groupthink, group polarisation and social identity processes) that may help to explain how and why certain groups come to accept terrorism as justifiable course of action. Though a group-processes account is by no means a definitive explanation of terrorism, it can help to integrate other levels of analysis; explaining why groups of seemingly normal individuals may react to certain environmental conditions with terroristic violence. Furthermore, this approach allows terrorism to be viewed as the result of interactive processes, rather than simply the aggregation of static factors. This approach is therefore a promising one, and indicates that further research is needed into the dynamics of terrorist groups. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.title The role of psychological processes in terrorism: A group-level analysis en
dc.type Text en
dc.publisher.department International Politics en
dc.type.qualificationlevel taught masters en
dc.type.qualificationname MSc Econ en
dc.type.publicationtype thesis or dissertation en

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