The Political Psychology of Terrorism Fears

Hardcover | August 21, 2013

EditorSamuel Justin Sinclair

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The last decade has seen a major shift in how nations prioritize issues of national and international security, with terrorism coming to the fore as one of the most significant threats with which to contend. Building on prior research in this area, The Political Psychology of Terrorism Fearspresents an integrated collection of empirical and theoretical studies that examine how emotional responses to terrorism, and fear specifically, influence political processes. These include not only how people make decisions about specific governmental policies they support, but also who theyendorse for political office and why. Given that terrorism and political violence are an international phenomenon, this volume further demonstrates how these dynamics vary as a function of cultural and political context. It highlights how "high trust" societies may in fact buffer against negative emotional responses (e.g., fear), whichin turn informs subsequent political processes in ways that are meaningfully different from other societies where baseline trust is not as prevalent. The volume concludes with a series of papers that discuss how western society at large has become a "fear-conditioned" society, which in turn hasgiven rise to a new political and security culture with a vested interest in such fear dynamics. This book also addresses questions regarding how issues of terrorism are operationalized and studied, whether the resulting data are reliable, and the potential effects of this research on the existing political dynamic.

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The last decade has seen a major shift in how nations prioritize issues of national and international security, with terrorism coming to the fore as one of the most significant threats with which to contend. Building on prior research in this area, The Political Psychology of Terrorism Fearspresents an integrated collection of empirica...

Samuel Justin Sinclair, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and The Director of Research at the Psychological Evaluation and Research Laboratory (The PEaRL) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is Founder and Past-President of the Society for Terrorism Research, and Founder and Co-Editor-in-Ch...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 21, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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DedicationAcknowledgementsNotes on ContributorsSamuel Justin Sinclair and Daniel Antonius: IntroductionPart One1. Virginia Chanley: Trust in the U.S. Government and Anti-Terrorism Policies Following 9/11: Are We All in This Together?2. George Shambaugh: Perceptions of Threat, Trust in Government and Policy Support for the War in Iraq3. Michael J. Stevens: Negative Emotions and Political Engagement4. Shana Kushner Gadarian: Beyond the Water's Edge: Threat, Partisanship, and Media5. Krista De Castella and Craig McGarty: The War/Crime Narrative and Fear Content in Leader Rhetoric about Terrorism6. C. Dominik Goss, Alexandra Foust, and Dietrich Dorner: Fear of Suicide Terrorism: Consequences for Individuals and Politics7. Geoffrey Wetherell, Bradley M. Weisz, Ryan M. Stolier, Adam J. Beavers, and Melody S. Sadler: Policy Preference in Response to Terrorism:The Role of Emotions, Attributions, and AppraisalsPart Two8. Rachel Monaghan: The Legacy of Fear in Northern Ireland9. Anne Aly: A New Normal? Australian Responses to Terrorism and Their Impacts10. Katarzyna Jarko, Margorzata Kossowska and Maciej Sekerdej: Psychological Determinants of the Threat of Terrorism And Preferred Approaches to Counterterrorism: The Case of Poland11. Daphna Canetti, Carmit Rapaport, Carly Wayne, Brian J. Hall, and Stevan E. Hobfoll: An Exposure Effect? Evidence from a Rigorous Study on the Psycho-political Outcomes of Terrorism12. Abdolhossein Abdollahi: Political Psychology of the Death Terror13. Marie-Helen Maras: Risk Perception, Fear and Its Consequences Following the 2004 Madrid and 2005 London Bombings14. Dag Wollebek, Kari Steen-Johnsen, Bernard Enjolras, and Guro Odegard: Rallying Without Fear: Political Consequences of Terror in a High Trust SocietyPart Three15. Richard Jackson: The Politics of Terrorism Fears16. David L. Altheide: Constructing Psychological Terror Post 9/1117. Ami-Jacques Rapin: Why is it so Difficult to Evaluate the Political Impact of Terrorism?