The Faces of Terrorism - MultidisciplinaryPerspectives
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An international, multi-disciplinary team explores the many different facets of terrorism, investigating what it means to be a terrorist and what terrorism means for society.
  • Gets closer to the perspectives of terrorists - their views, how their acts are conceptualized by the public and by national leaders, and how this knowledge can be put to use
  • Brings together international experts from psychology, psychiatry, law and policing
  • Edited by one of the world’s foremost forensic psychology experts, David Canter



David Canter is Professor of Psychology and Director of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology at the University of Huddersfield, and founding editor of the Wiley Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. He has worked with police forces all over the world on 'profiling', which led to the emergence of Investigative Psychology. This has included unique studies of terrorists. Since 1986, Professor Canter has contributed to over 150 investigations of many different kinds of crimes around the world, and was recently awarded a BPS Honorary Fellowship. He has also written two award-winning books, Criminal Shadows: Inside the Mind of the Serial Killer (1995) and Mapping Murder: The Secrets of Geographical Profiling (2003).


List of Contributors.


1. The Multi-Faceted Nature of Terrorism: An Introduction (David Canter).

2. From Naïvety to Insurgency: Becoming a Paramilitary in Northern Ireland (Neil Ferguson and Mark Burgess). 

3. The Rhetorical Foundation of Militant Jihad (Sudhanshu Sarangi and David Canter).

4. Case Study: The Puzzling Case (from a Western Perspective of Lone Terrorist Faheem Khalid Lodhi (Clive Williams). 

5. The Primacy of Grievance as a Structural Cause Of Oppositional Political Terrorism: Comparing Al Fatah, FARC, and PIRA (Jeffrey Ian Ross).

6. Case Study: The 17th November Group - Europe’s Last Revolutionary Terrorists (George Kassimeris).

7. Terrorism and Organized Crime: A Theoretical Perspective (Dipak K. Gupta, John Horgan and Alex P. Schmid).

8. Terrorist Networks and Small Group Psychology (Sam Mullins).

9. Case Study: Youth Gangs and Terrorism in Chechnya: Recruitment, Activities and Networks (Michael Vishnevetsky).

10. The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend (Kevin Borgeson and Robin Valeri).

11. The Business of Kidnap for Ransom (Everard Phillips).

12. Case Study: Ramzan Kadyrov in Chechnya: Authoritarian leadership in the Caucasus (John Russell).

13. From 7/7 to 8/10: Media Framing of Terrorist Incidents in the United States and United Kingdom (Mary Brinson and Michael Stohl).

14. Cyberterrorism: The Emerging Worldwide Threat (Amanda M. Sharp Parker).

15. Disengaging from Terrorism (John Horgan).

16. De-radicalization and the Staircase from Terrorism (Fathali M. Moghaddam).



"Terrorism changes so rapidly that everything published from an academic viewpoint is almost always two years out of date .... so it is no small achievement that this book largely succeeds in what it sets out to do". (Human Givens, 2010)