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Countering Terrorism

Countering Terrorism
Psychosocial Strategies

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Updesh Kumar - Scientist 'F' and Head, Mental Health Division, Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India
  • Manas K. Mandal - Director General (Life Sciences), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India
Critical Acclaim

December 2012 | 472 pages | SAGE India
Countering Terrorism: Psychosocial Strategies contextualizes the issues related to terrorism and places the discourse within the ambit of sociocultural theories. The book goes beyond the obvious and commonsensical notions and discusses the relevant issues from interdisciplinary perspectives, informed by theoretical stances of not only psychological sciences, but other social sciences like political science, criminology, military, and sociology as well.

The volume contains 18 chapters by expert authors with diverse cultural backgrounds and provides a wide ranging canvas for multifaceted understanding of the terror phenomenon. The opening section, 'Understanding Terrorism: Psychosocial Issues', places emphasis on developing a well-heeled construct with strong theoretical foundations and empirical understanding of the psycho-socio-cultural dynamics involved in perpetration of terror acts. The second section, 'Countering Terrorism: Psychosocial Avenues', flows from the understanding thus attained and expounds counter-terror strategies and preventive measures that go beyond the obvious short-term goals and envisage the creation of a peaceful world.


V K Saraswat

Terrorism: A Conceptual Framework

Ishtiaq Ahmad
Terrorism: Psychological Issues

Abdolhossein Abdollahi
Sociocultural Aspects of Terrorism

Updesh Kumar, Swati Mukherjee, and Vijay Parkash
The Sociopsychological Impact of Terrorism: Key Concepts, Research and Theory

Mark Dechesne
The Behavioral Profile of a Terrorist: Theoretical and Empirical Observations

Daniel Antonius, Mandi L White-Ajmani, and Joseph Charap
Understanding Terrorist Groups

Sam Mullins
The Leadership Puzzle in Terrorism Study

Dipak K Gupta
Bioterrorism: Psychological Implications of Biological Weapons Agents and Mass Contagion

Darvis Frazier, Harrison Weinstein, and Bruce Bongar
The Role of the Media in Propagating Terrorism

Gabriel Weimann
Terrorist Motives: A Reassessment of the Conventional Wisdom

Max Abrahms
Rational Choice and Terrorist Target Selection

Graeme R Newman and Henda Y. Hsu
Impact of Virtual World in Creation and Sustenance of Terrorists Brigadier

Dushyant Singh
Risk Assessment in Counterterrorism

Victoria Herrington and Karl Roberts
Strategic Interrogation: Interviewing Terrorist Suspects

Karl Roberts
Educating People to Counterterrorism: 'Cognitive Immunization' against Violent Extremism in Indonesia

Kumar Ramakrishna
How Policies Impacting Intergroup Relations May Escalate or De-escalate Political Aggression

Jeff Victoroff, Janice R Adelman, and Marija Spanovic
The Role of Strategic Information Operations in Countering Terrorism

Jerrold M Post and Apostolos Pittas
Psychospiritual Basis of Understanding, Prevention and Control of Violence and Terrorism

Akbar Husain


The multi-disciplinary scholarship contained in this highly relevant book could be said to have resolved the decades-long conundrum of how terrorism should be defined and understood…This publication could be recommended as a comprehensive exploration of the subject of ‘terrorism’…Countering Terrorism is a book which ought to get into the hands of governments and other relevant quarters which are deeply concerned about ‘terror’, its causes and containment. [The book] explore numerous dimensions of this troubling political phenomenon, which could prove highly revelatory to the researcher and a lay reader. The book’s editors have met a crying need in the discipline of Political Science by bringing out this book. It would also be of immense help in raising public awareness about ‘terror’ and it’s hitherto numerous unexplored dimensions.

The Island

The diverse geographic and cultural affiliations of the authors are the biggest strength of the text as it adds force to the arguments and content. [The book] gives a balanced worldview and not a partisan subjective opinion of an individual researcher…The compendium is a must read…due credit must be given to the authors for relating various concepts to field examples, making the narrative easy to understand and an extremely useful addition to the literature available on countering terrorism.

Peace and Conflict Studies

The book is a formidable collection of essays on terrorism written by an impressive group of experts from India and abroad… the book is surprisingly original in its contents. It is not another rehash of past events or analyses of terrorist movements. This voluminous book is, in fact, a serious study of the social, religious and psychological factors that cause terrorism, and various strategies best suited to combat the various manifestations of terrorism….  thought-provoking and provide many pointers for practitioners.

The Asian Age

A Comprehensive yet concise compilation of the work on historic, economic, socio-cultural, political and psychological aspects of understanding and countering terrorism.... the compilation is educative reading for those dealing with terrorism, may they be from the civil services, defence forces, police and parliamentary forces. Worth a look by politicians...The book will benefit those researching in countering terrorism and those who prepare policy dealing with such matters.
Defence Watch, Vol 13, August 2013

The book tackles psychological aspects of terrorism and offers countermeasures, and will be of interest to researchers and academia involved in studying the issue. It is recommended for libraries of research and educational institutes dealing with defence topics.

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