Some Social and Psychological Aspects of Terrorists and Terrorism

  • Peter Janke


In the preceding chapters we have looked closely at six examples of politically inspired terrorism. It is important to remember that terrorism has not been restricted to any time or place. The factors which in recent decades have made it much more efficient and dangerous are, first, the enhanced facilities available to the terrorist, combined with society’s vulnerability to terrorist damage; and second, the enormous impact of the media. Now we consider why people become terrorists in the first place, and what it is that keeps them on that course. Most writers on this subject describe the origins of terrorism in very general terms, rooted in the problems of politics, housing, employment, education, the suppression of minorities and so on, but we believe that there must be something more that turns a man or woman into a terrorist.


Primary System Terrorist Group Secondary System Preceding Chapter Early Childhood Experience 
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© The David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Janke
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  1. 1.Royal College of Defence StudiesUK

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