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The Faces of Terrorism:
Social and Psychological Dimensions
Neil J. Smelser

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"Smelser focuses on the real core of [terrorism]: it reveals the multifaceted psychology of the actors and victims of terrorist activities. It is an excellent book, a real must-read for anyone interested in the subject."--Waldemar Hanasz, Metapsychology

"World-renowned sociologist and expert on terrorist violence Smelser offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the causes and conditions of terrorism, its perpetrators, their motives and operational strategies, and policy responses. He synthesizes behavioral and social science research and builds general explanations of unconventional violence. In particular, chapters on the causes and conditions of terrorism, its ideological bases, and motivational factors give the book a thoroughness that makes it an unrivaled study in the field. . . . Written in highly accessible language for both general and specialized audiences."--T. Niazi, University of Wisconsin, for Choice

"[This] book presents an invaluable and unique contribution to the understanding of terrorism and its outcomes. . . . [It] should become essential reading for students of terrorism. . . . Smelser's observations contribute significantly to a debate that has accompanied the study of terrorism since it first emerged."--Ami Pedahzur, Perspectives on Politics

"Well argued and with such broad appeal, Smelser's contribution to understanding terrorism is important, complete and required reading for anyone examining the issue that, ten years after 9/11, remains at the top of the international political agenda."--Dylan Kissane, Journal of Global Analysis

"The Faces of Terrorism provides the breadth of scope necessary to understand and ultimately eliminate this most pressing global threat."--World Book Industry


"This is a fine book, remarkably broad and encompassing in its sweep. One of its most important arguments--that social scientists are underrepresented in policy approaches to countering terrorism--is absolutely correct."--Jerrold M. Post, editor of The Psychological Assessment of Political Leaders

"This is an excellent book. The topic is of great importance and the treatment of it will interest both academics and the public. Smelser effectively draws on his long and distinguished career to bring in diverse perspectives and literatures."--Robert Jervis, Columbia University

"Highly accessible and engaging. This book is rich in insights and gives the reader a deep appreciation of the manifold phenomena involved in terrorism and the responses to terrorism on levels of the individual, the state, and the international community."--Arie W. Kruglanski, University of Maryland

"This book, by one of the world's most renowned and thoughtful social scientists, seeks to demystify and illuminate our understanding of terrorism by bringing to bear on it relevant theoretical and empirical work in the behavioral and social sciences. It suggests that a thoroughgoing understanding of terrorism requires consideration not only of its causes and participatory dimensions but also of the target societies and their responses, and the role of the media in the process."--David A. Snow, University of California, Irvine

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