publication . Article . 2012

Will it Ever be Possible to Profile the Terrorist?

Rae, Jonathan A.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Sep 2012 Journal: Journal of Terrorism Research (issn: 2049-7040, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of St Andrews
Abstract
This paper critiques the claim that terrorists can be profiled – that is to say that terrorists possess distinguishable attributes that can be conceivably identified by an observer. In doing so, the most prominent profiling parameters - racial, gender, age, pathological, psychological and socioeconomic – are investigated. The above approaches are found to have little to no applied value in identifying terrorists from a societal population. The dominant criticisms of these methods emphasise their crude reductionism, an absence of internal and external validity, and their lack of practical application. Current evidence indicates that the profiling of terrorists is...
Subjects
mesheuropmc: social sciences
free text keywords: JA1-92, Race, Gender, Physiology, Socioeconomic, Profiling, terrorist attributes, race, gender, psychology, socioeconomic, physiology, Political science (General), Profiling, Psychology, Terrorist attributes, Terrorism, HV6431
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publication . Article . 2012

Will it Ever be Possible to Profile the Terrorist?

Rae, Jonathan A.;