Sociology of terrorism

Sociology Of Terrorism

Sociology of terrorism

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The sociology of terrorism is a developing subfield of sociology in the United States that seeks to understand terrorism as a social phenomenon and how individuals as well as nation states address it (not to be confused with terrorism studies, a branch of criminology, which sometimes overlaps with the psychology of terrorism).


Pre 9/11

Some exceptions withstanding, sociology, which is loosely defined as the “scientific study of human interaction”, found little interest in the subject of terrorism before 9/11. Since 9/11, there has been a spike of interest in all sociological interactions related to terrorism such as moral panic, organizational response and media coverage.

Terrorism was largely ignored by sociologists prior to 9/11. The most comprehensive study into the definition of terrorism comes from a study by Weinberg, Pedahzur and Hirsch-Hoefler (2004) who examined 73 definitions of terrorism from 55 articles and concluded that terrorism is: "a politically motivated tactic involving the threat or use of force or violence in which the pursuit of publicity plays a significant role." . However Weinberg, et. al point out that definitions of terrorism often ignore symbolic aspects of terrorism. Due to its focus on symbolism, sociology has a...
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