This article contests the affirmation—based on common sense—according to which terrorists simply need courage. The typical terrorist act can be considered part of the sociological category known as “vile violence” that is the act of striking out at a victim after having placed him or her in a desperate situation that does not allow for any escape. This article is based on primary and secondary sources, such as the analysis of thirty-five homicides committed in Italy by six terrorist units of the extreme left; interviews with extreme left terrorists; interviews with victims of extreme left terrorists; autobiographies of extreme left terrorists; autobiographies of victims of extreme left terrorists; video interviews of extreme left terrorists; and written statements of the investigating magistrates.

Are Terrorists Courageous? Micro-Sociology of Extreme Left Terrorism / Orsini, Alessandro. - In: STUDIES IN CONFLICT AND TERRORISM. - ISSN 1057-610X. - 38:3(2015), pp. 179-198. [10.1080/1057610X.2014.987593]

Are Terrorists Courageous? Micro-Sociology of Extreme Left Terrorism

ORSINI, ALESSANDRO
2015

Abstract

This article contests the affirmation—based on common sense—according to which terrorists simply need courage. The typical terrorist act can be considered part of the sociological category known as “vile violence” that is the act of striking out at a victim after having placed him or her in a desperate situation that does not allow for any escape. This article is based on primary and secondary sources, such as the analysis of thirty-five homicides committed in Italy by six terrorist units of the extreme left; interviews with extreme left terrorists; interviews with victims of extreme left terrorists; autobiographies of extreme left terrorists; autobiographies of victims of extreme left terrorists; video interviews of extreme left terrorists; and written statements of the investigating magistrates.
Terrorism, Adrenaline, Extreme Left Terrorism, Micro-Sociology, Randall Collins
Are Terrorists Courageous? Micro-Sociology of Extreme Left Terrorism / Orsini, Alessandro. - In: STUDIES IN CONFLICT AND TERRORISM. - ISSN 1057-610X. - 38:3(2015), pp. 179-198. [10.1080/1057610X.2014.987593]
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