In a few months, Routledge will publish the 2nd edition of my Psychology of Terrorism. Here you'll find an expanded Table of Contents to give you an overview of specific issues covered in this revised and expanded edition. Sneak peek excerpts to follow in the coming months as we near the launch.
The Psychology of Terrorism (2nd Ed.)
Chapter 1: Psychological Warfare
Sniping at children in Syria
Attitudes to Terrorism
Language and Labels
What do Terrorists Do?
Isn’t Terrorism Just War (by Other Means?)
Defining Terrorism as Psychological Warfare?
Terrorism as Both Type and Tool of Warfare
Chapter 2: Understanding Terrorism
No, Suicide Terrorists are not Suicidal
The Nature and Extent of Terrorism Research
Theoretical Issues in the Study of Terrorism
The Nature and Heterogeneity of Terrorism
Psychology and Terrorism
Methods, Sources, Avenues
Chapter 3: Terrorist Minds?
Amrozi bin Nurhasyim
Terrorism and Psychopathy
A Terrorist Personality?
Narcissism and Narcissism-Aggression
The ‘Normality’ of Terrorist Behavior
Persistence through Inconsistency
Difficulties with ‘Terrorist Personality’ Research
Chapter 4: Involvement
Theories, Models & Metaphors
From Profiles to Pathways to…Radicalization?
The Rise of ‘Radicalization’
Why Does Someone Want to Become Involved in Terrorism?
The Swat Valley
“Motivation” is rarely the “cause”
The Allure of Involvement
Opportunity, Role and Progression
Towards Risk Factors?
Chapter 5: Engagement
The Cycle of a Terrorist Event
Decision and Searching for Targets
Post Event Activity and Strategic Analysis
Al-Qaeda’s “HR Issues”
Inside the Taj Mahal Hotel
Psychological Consequences of Engagement in Terrorism
“It’s the deception that’s critical!”
Obedience to an Authority
Military Studies in the Jihad Against the Tyrants
The Turn to Violence: A Recruiter’s Perspective
Dehumanization and Justification
March 2003: ‘Message to our people….”
Neutralization Techniques: Zachary Chesser and Tareq Mehanna
The Psychology of Concealment
The Road to Camp Chapman - From Humam al-Balawai to “Abu Dujana”
The Turn to Violence: A Recruit’s Perspective
“Jihad Joe” – J.M. Berger’s Analysis of American Jihadists
Chapter 6: Disengagement
Omar Bakri Mohammed and “Sheikh Google”
Walking Away from Terrorism
Why (and How) Terrorism Ends
“Was it the Americans? I don’t know…”
Psychological Disengagement > Secondary Desistance > De-Radicalization
Stay or Go?
Chapter 7: Towards a Science of Terrorist Behavior
Blind Spots? “Taking Religious Ideology Seriously…”
What Can Psychology Contribute?
What if we actually had a terrorist profile?
Whose problem is terrorism anyway?
Radicalization or Terrorism?
Why the Answer May Not Lie in Risk Factors
Just Another “List of Ingredients” Model
Finding Complexity in the Gray Areas
“Unremarkable People Living Unremarkable Lives”
Terrorism Research, Policy and Academia
Terrorism Research Is About Interpretation, Not Explanation