Genesis of Suicide Terrorism

  title={Genesis of Suicide Terrorism},
  author={Scott Atran},
  pages={1534 - 1539}
  • S. Atran
  • Published 7 March 2003
  • Psychology
  • Science
Contemporary suicide terrorists from the Middle East are publicly deemed crazed cowards bent on senseless destruction who thrive in poverty and ignorance. Recent research indicates they have no appreciable psychopathology and are as educated and economically well-off as surrounding populations. A first line of defense is to get the communities from which suicide attackers stem to stop the attacks by learning how to minimize the receptivity of mostly ordinary people to recruiting organizations. 

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  • D. Mandel
  • Psychology
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • 2014
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