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Terrorist (E)motives: The Existential Attractions of Terrorism

Cottee, S. and Hayward, K. (2011) Terrorist (E)motives: The Existential Attractions of Terrorism. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 34 ((12)). pp. 963-986. DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2011.621116

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Abstract

This article describes a number of possible existential motivations for engaging in terrorism. Three in particular are identified: (1) the desire for excitement, (2) the desire for ultimate meaning, and (3) the desire for glory. Terrorism, according to the argument set out here, is as much a site of individual self-drama and self-reinvention as a tactical instrument for pursuing the political goals of small groups. The conclusion explores the concept of �existential frustration,� and suggests that terrorist activity may provide an outlet for basic existential desires that cannot find expression through legitimate channels.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 16:59
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 03:18
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/1681
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2011.621116
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