Militant extremist mindset

Stankov, Lazar and Saucier, Gerard and Knezevic, Goran (2011) Militant extremist mindset. In: Personality and individual differences: theory, assessment, and application. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, N.Y., pp. 131-140. ISBN 9781611220704


Militant extremist mindset refers to a fixed set of beliefs that motivate people to engage in violent activities directed toward specific others. In our previous work we have identified three components that together define militant-extremist mindset, and have been identified across different cultures. These are broadly known as nastiness, grudge, and excuse: nastiness represents anti-social and pro-violent attitudes; grudge is a feeling of animosity and resentment typically directed toward some other group which serves as a trigger for action; and excuse represents a higher-order justification for engaging in militant extremism. These 'ingredients' of militant-extremist-mindset are defined more specifically according to the context and vary according to culture and setting. For example 'excuse' typically represents a particular set of religious beliefs. Further empirical work may reveal whether this mindset is present to some extent in the general population. If so, these measures of militant-extremist mindset might be useful in assessing population-wide attitudinal changes or the effectiveness of anti-terrorist social interventions. © 2011 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2017 00:12
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Uncontrolled Keywords: cross-cultural; extremism; mindset; terrorism
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160604 Defence Studies
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440804 Defence studies

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