The interview that follows was conducted somewhere in Italy with a militant of the Red Brigades recently freed after spending 32 years and 6 months in prison. Taking up the sociological perspective of Max Weber, the author draws a distinction between “professional terrorist” and “vocational terrorist”. The terrorist by vocation differs from the professional terrorist in his profound faith in the mission he feels he must accomplish. He does not try to improve his social status and is not interested in the selfish pursuit of personal well-being. He gives up love, family, children and friendship. When he decides to join a terrorist group, he voluntarily severs any contact with his former life. He is a high school or university graduate and might choose a secure life and a good job but prefers to kill, accepting the risk of dying. The vocational terrorist is the terrorist in his incandescent state.

Interview with a terrorist by vocation: a day among the Diehard terrorists, Part 2 / Orsini, Alessandro. - In: STUDIES IN CONFLICT AND TERRORISM. - ISSN 1057-610X. - 36:8(2013), pp. 672-684. [10.1080/1057610X.2013.802975]

Interview with a terrorist by vocation: a day among the Diehard terrorists, Part 2.

ORSINI, ALESSANDRO
2013

Abstract

The interview that follows was conducted somewhere in Italy with a militant of the Red Brigades recently freed after spending 32 years and 6 months in prison. Taking up the sociological perspective of Max Weber, the author draws a distinction between “professional terrorist” and “vocational terrorist”. The terrorist by vocation differs from the professional terrorist in his profound faith in the mission he feels he must accomplish. He does not try to improve his social status and is not interested in the selfish pursuit of personal well-being. He gives up love, family, children and friendship. When he decides to join a terrorist group, he voluntarily severs any contact with his former life. He is a high school or university graduate and might choose a secure life and a good job but prefers to kill, accepting the risk of dying. The vocational terrorist is the terrorist in his incandescent state.
Italian terrorism; qualitative interview; Red Brigades
Interview with a terrorist by vocation: a day among the Diehard terrorists, Part 2 / Orsini, Alessandro. - In: STUDIES IN CONFLICT AND TERRORISM. - ISSN 1057-610X. - 36:8(2013), pp. 672-684. [10.1080/1057610X.2013.802975]
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