Waging Terror: Psychological Motivation in Cultural Violence and Peacemaking

THE DAY THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING: THE IMPACT OF 9/11, pp. 23-36, M. Morgan, P. Zimbardo, ed., Praeger/Greenwood Press, 2009

17 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2011

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Matt Motyl

University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Illinois at Chicago

Kenneth Vail

University of Missouri at Columbia

Tom Pyszczynski

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Date Written: February 17, 2011

Abstract

This chapter examines the psychological factors that serve as catalysts to the cycle of terrorist and extreme counterterrorist violence from the perspective of terror management theory (TMT). After reviewing research relevant to these ideas, we then discuss potential ways to defuse the conflict and promote more peaceful intergroup relations.

Keywords: terrorism, terror management, group conflict, political psychology, violence, war, peace

Suggested Citation

Motyl, Matt and Vail, Kenneth and Pyszczynski, Tom, Waging Terror: Psychological Motivation in Cultural Violence and Peacemaking (February 17, 2011). THE DAY THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING: THE IMPACT OF 9/11, pp. 23-36, M. Morgan, P. Zimbardo, ed., Praeger/Greenwood Press, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1763519

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Kenneth Vail

University of Missouri at Columbia ( email )

MO
United States

Tom Pyszczynski

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs ( email )

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Colorado Springs, CO 80918-7150
United States

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