Why do some people commit terrorist acts? Personal psychology? Religious fervor? Ideological commitment? All of these reasons—and more—have been proposed. Use the articles and links here to develop and explore your own understanding.
Guide to the Causes of Terrorism
Terrorism is the threat or use of violence against civilians to draw attention to an issue. Those searching for the causes of terrorism -why this tactic would be selected, and in what circumstances- approach the phenomenon in different ways. Some see it as an independent phenomenon, while others view it as one tactic in a larger strategy. Some seek to understand what makes an individual ch…
The Two Causes of Terrorism
The causes of terrorism are a popular topic of discussion, but in fact there are only two that are always present: a sense of perceived injustice and the belief that violence will effectively redress it.
Causes of Terrorism Are (Still) Political
Suggestions that there is a "new terrorism"afoot that is more lethal, more fanatical, more religious than the old terrorism deserves closer examination. Upon examination, the causes of terrorism are still political, less than they are religious.
Studies on the Psychological Causes of Terrorism
The psychological causes of terrorism have been of interest to researchers since the 1970s.
Causes of Terrorism-Why are the Causes of Terrorism So Hard to Identify?
The causes of terrorism seem almost impossible for anyone to identify definitively. In this article, learn why.
Causes of Terrorism: Study Explores Terrorist Group Rhetoric for Clues
In "The Implicit Motives of Terrorist Groups: How Needs for Affiliation and Power Translate in to Death and Destruction," Allison G. Smith explores whether the causes of terrorism lie in how terrorist groups perceive affiliations between themselves and others.
Narcissistic Rage Hypotheses
Narcisstic rage hypothesis was once a prominent psychological explanation of what motivates...