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Understanding Terrorism and Political Violence: The Life Cycle of Birth, Growth, Transformation, and Demise

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Understanding Terrorism and Political Violence: The Life Cycle of Birth, Growth, Transformation, and Demise by Gupta; Dipak K., 9780415771658
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  • ISBN: 9780415771658 | 041577165X
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  • Copyright: 5/13/2008
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This ambitious book has two inter-related objectives, proposing a new theory of human behaviour and then analyzing terrorism in the light of this general theory. It starts with a new theoretical construct regarding individual motivations. Dipak Gupta posits that in order to understand human motivation, along with self-interest, we must take into account our other primordial instinct: to belong to a group. On the basis of this expanded view of human motivations, the book provides an understanding of the lifecycle of terrorist organizations. Since the lifecycle of a group is inextricably intertwined with public policies, the author also examines the role of the authorities in promoting, maintaining, and suppressing violent dissent. This innovative and broad-ranging new book will be essential reading for advanced students of terrorism studies and political science, and of great interest to students of social psychology and sociology.


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