Terrorism as Personality Turbulence


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Terrorism as Personality Turbulence
Most conceptual analyses of terrorism employ the notion of conflict between social formations. For Huntington (11) and Barber (21), the conflict is an inter-civilizational clash of modernity versus premodernity; for Stalder (95) and others, the clash is an intra-civilizational conflict between elites and reformers. A much rarer, but perhaps far more fruitful, approach to terrorism is suggested by Rosenberg’s theory of attitude and behavior formation, in which a clash between the affective and cognitive elements of an individual’s personality might be at the root of terrorism, among other forms of violent behavior. This paper will investigate the applicability of Rosenberg’s theory to two...
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.....in a much more comprehensive way; future researchers could incorporate this material into their interviews with, or case studies of, terrorists.
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