This article describes the experience of a sociologist who made contact with a group of diehard terrorists responsible for multiple murders in order to conduct an ethnographic study. After outlining the sociological profile of the diehard terrorists, the author—making reference to the ethnographic studies of Jack Douglas, Martin Sanchez Jankowski, and Laud Humphreys—describes how he followed their traces. The aim of the article is to analyze the psychological costs that the sociologist must pay when he interacts with men and women who, in addition to proudly claiming credit for the homicides they have committed, affirm the importance of continuing to kill in order to salvage humanity’s future.

A Day among the Diehard terrorists: the psychological costs of doing ethnographic research / Orsini, Alessandro. - In: STUDIES IN CONFLICT AND TERRORISM. - ISSN 1057-610X. - 36:4(2013), pp. 337-351. [10.1080/1057610X.2013.763601]

A Day among the Diehard terrorists: the psychological costs of doing ethnographic research

ORSINI, ALESSANDRO
2013

Abstract

This article describes the experience of a sociologist who made contact with a group of diehard terrorists responsible for multiple murders in order to conduct an ethnographic study. After outlining the sociological profile of the diehard terrorists, the author—making reference to the ethnographic studies of Jack Douglas, Martin Sanchez Jankowski, and Laud Humphreys—describes how he followed their traces. The aim of the article is to analyze the psychological costs that the sociologist must pay when he interacts with men and women who, in addition to proudly claiming credit for the homicides they have committed, affirm the importance of continuing to kill in order to salvage humanity’s future.
poverty and terrorism; ideology and terrorism; sex, age, educational level of the Italian terrorists
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
Orsini 2 SCT.pdf

Solo gestori archivio

Tipologia: Versione dell'editore
Licenza: Tutti i diritti riservati
Dimensione 103.19 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
103.19 kB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri
Pubblicazioni consigliate

Caricamento pubblicazioni consigliate

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/11385/169212
Citazioni
  • Scopus 5
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 5
social impact