This book explores the links between psychology and crime, evaluating psychological explanations of crime, and the use of psychology within the criminal justice system. It provides a comprehensive overview that highlights the consequences of crime for victims, offenders, and wider society.
The book combines classic theory with new developments in eyewitness testimony, offender profiling, and forensic psychology. The resulting text offers an engaging and challenging route to a full understanding of key topics, including:
- The history and theoretical development of criminological psychology
- Interpersonal violence, sexual violence, and deviancy
- The psychology of crime in groups
- Mass murder and war crimes
- Psychology and the criminal justice system
Psychology and Crime genuinely integrates the two subjects with the advanced student in mind, and includes a range of practical devices to support the learning process – such as chapter overviews, study questions, and further reading. Lively and accessible, it is essential reading for students and academics in criminology, psychology, and sociology.
Chapter 6: Terrorism: From Pathology to Normality
Terrorism: From Pathology to Normality
- The battle over the definition of terrorism 121
- Psychology, religion and terrorism 122
- Behaviourism, rule-following and terrorism 123
- Terrorism as a syndrome or tool 124
- Terrorism as gradual drift to violence 129
- Terrorists as Celebrities 133
- Propaganda, peer pressure and naivety 135 [Page 120]
- What's to be done about Terrorism? 138
- Summary 139
- Study questions 140
- Further reading and useful websites 140
- Note 140
This chapter aims to look at the psychological accounts that have been put forward to account for why some people resort to ...