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Ourselves Alone

John Horgan

in Divided We Stand

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199772858
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199307418 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772858.003.0006
Ourselves Alone

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Despite having little popular support, the dissident groups wear this as a badge of honour. This chapter examines the social and behavioral dynamics of the dissident movement in greater detail. It shows how they use clichés an important tool not just for recruitment but for keeping the group together, and ensuring they are focused on their goals. The chapter presents new data also on terrorist recidivism and examines whether or not the dissidents are truly comprised of just former members of the Provisional IRA. The chapter concludes with an assessment of the targeting strategies and operational imperatives of the terrorist groups.

Keywords: psychology of terrorism; cliché; terrorist behavior; recidivism; targeting strategy; operational strategy; provisional ira; community support

Chapter.  9438 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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