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Processes in and out of terrorism: From mad Muslims to left-wing rock stars

Start date: 
Wed, 20/03/2013
Closing date: 
Wed, 20/03/2013
Venue: 
Cantor Building, Room 9206 (4 pm)
Event contact: 
Dr Tony Gore

Speaker
Stephen Vertigans - Robert Gordon University

Abstract

Despite the surge of interest in terrorism, social scientific attempts to understand and explain why diverse groups of people with different aims and methods become involved in this form of political violence are limited.  This paper seeks to reposition sociological contributions and explores processes of terrorism which both glamourised and demonised groups share.  It will be argued that the processes can be traced from the historical roots of particular societies and communities through to the stages at which members join, remain and disengage. The paper concludes with an outline of what all this might mean for approaches to counter terrorism.

Biography

Professor Stephen Vertigans is Head of School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.  He has published widely on political violence, Islamic movements and forms of social responsibility.

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