This article focuses on the role of ideology in the decision of people who are not from societies’ worst-off socioeconomic groups to join a left-wing terrorist organization. Taking up the sociological perspective of Max Weber, Clifford Geertz and Raymond Boudon, the author introduces the concept of the “terrorist of the first hour” and considers ideology as a type of social bond. The concept of ideology is here broken down into four dimensions: Social, Temporal, Affective and Moral (STAM bond). This paper also presents, for the first time, data on the ages, sex, educational level and occupation of the Italian people arrested (2.730) or convicted (528) for crimes of terrorism from 1970 to 2011. Data on Italian terrorists were provided by the General Department of Prisoners of the Ministry of Justice.

Poverty, ideology and terrorism: the STAM Bond / Orsini, Alessandro. - In: STUDIES IN CONFLICT AND TERRORISM. - ISSN 1057-610X. - 35:10(2012), pp. 665-692. [10.1080/1057610X.2012.712030]

Poverty, ideology and terrorism: the STAM Bond

ORSINI, ALESSANDRO
2012

Abstract

This article focuses on the role of ideology in the decision of people who are not from societies’ worst-off socioeconomic groups to join a left-wing terrorist organization. Taking up the sociological perspective of Max Weber, Clifford Geertz and Raymond Boudon, the author introduces the concept of the “terrorist of the first hour” and considers ideology as a type of social bond. The concept of ideology is here broken down into four dimensions: Social, Temporal, Affective and Moral (STAM bond). This paper also presents, for the first time, data on the ages, sex, educational level and occupation of the Italian people arrested (2.730) or convicted (528) for crimes of terrorism from 1970 to 2011. Data on Italian terrorists were provided by the General Department of Prisoners of the Ministry of Justice.
Red Brigades; Italian terrorism; poverty and terrorism; ideology and terrorism
Poverty, ideology and terrorism: the STAM Bond / Orsini, Alessandro. - In: STUDIES IN CONFLICT AND TERRORISM. - ISSN 1057-610X. - 35:10(2012), pp. 665-692. [10.1080/1057610X.2012.712030]
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