Motivations of a suicide bomber

Simmonds, Angela (2007) Motivations of a suicide bomber. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This piece of work surrounds the current debate on the expansion of large scale indiscriminate terrorist violence. The majority of discussion on motivation within terrorist literature focuses on motivations to join a terrorist group or indeed, what motivates people to form a terrorist organisation. The following research places the focus on individual motivation to commit terrorist acts. Terrorist organisations provide opportunities for the successful attainment of human needs such as belonging, value, and an undisputed understanding of the world. I argue that if terrorist membership (and by default action) satisfies such needs as belonging, mastery and value to a greater extend than legitimate way of life, then this may offer some insight into the increasing popularity of terrorist membership.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/334

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