Academic journal article Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology

Countering Terrorism Psychosocial Strategies

Academic journal article Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology

Countering Terrorism Psychosocial Strategies

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Updesh Kumar and Manas K. Mandai (eds) (2012). Countering Terrorism Psychosocial Strategies, Sage Publications India, New Delhi, pp. xvi + 444, Rs.850/We

require psychosocial strategies to counter terrorism at various levels. This book contextualizes the issues related to terrorism and places the discourse within the ambit of sociocultural theories. The book goes beyond the obvious and commonsensical notions and discusses the relevant issues from interdisciplinary perspectives, informed by theoretical stances of not only psychological sei- enees but also includes political science, criminology, military, and sociology.

There are 18 papers that are divided into chapters contributed by experts in this volume. They have diverse socio-cultural background and provide a multi-faceted dimension of countering terrorism. The nine papers in the first section are clearly depicted under the title, 'Understanding terrorism: psychosocial issues', and place emphasis on developing a well-heeled construct with strong theoretical foundations and empirical understanding of the psycho-socio-cultural dynamics involved in the perpetration of terror acts. The second section with another nine papers, 'countering terrorism: psychosocial avenues', flows from the understanding thus attained and expounds counterterror strategies and preventive measures that go beyond the obvious short-term goals and envisages the creation of a peaceful world.

The authors made an extensive attempt to highlight the issues of concern on various dimensions of terrorism. …

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