publication . Doctoral thesis . 2008

Closing the gap : measuring the social identity of terrorists

Ludwick, Keith W.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Sep 2008
  • Publisher: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Abstract
CHDS State/Local Studies of terrorism today focus on psychological and behavioral aspects of individuals. Most research shows that using a single model in an attempt to profile terrorists psychologically is problematic, if not impossible. However, using two well established theories from social psychology, Social Identity Theory and Social Distance Theory, allows the development of a practical model to develop a social profile of a terrorist group. From that, it is further possible to use the resulting social profile to compare terrorist groups against each other in order to develop predictive models as to the propensity of violence of a particular gro...
Subjects
free text keywords: Terrorism, Psychological aspects, Group identity, Social psychology, Social distance, Prevention
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