Militant extremist mindset

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Stankov, Lazar, Saucier, Gerard and Knezevic, Goran. 2011. "Militant extremist mindset." Boag, Simon and Tiliopoulos, Niko (ed.) Personality and individual differences: theory, assessment, and application. Hauppauge, N.Y.. Nova Science Publishers. pp. 131-140
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Militant extremist mindset

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2797
Book TitlePersonality and individual differences: theory, assessment, and application
AuthorsStankov, Lazar (Author), Saucier, Gerard (Author) and Knezevic, Goran (Author)
EditorsBoag, Simon and Tiliopoulos, Niko
Page Range131-140
Chapter Number11
Number of Pages10
Year2011
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Place of PublicationHauppauge, N.Y.
ISBN9781611220704
Web Address (URL)https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=19269
Abstract

Militant extremist mindset refers to a fixed set of beliefs that motivate people to engage in violent activities directed toward specific others. In our previous work we have identified three components that together define militant-extremist mindset, and have been identified across different cultures. These are broadly known as nastiness, grudge, and excuse: nastiness represents anti-social and pro-violent attitudes; grudge is a feeling of animosity and resentment typically directed toward some other group which serves as a trigger for action; and excuse represents a higher-order justification for engaging in militant extremism. These 'ingredients' of militant-extremist-mindset are defined more specifically according to the context and vary according to culture and setting. For example 'excuse' typically represents a particular set of religious beliefs. Further empirical work may reveal whether this mindset is present to some extent in the general population. If so, these measures of militant-extremist mindset might be useful in assessing population-wide attitudinal changes or the effectiveness of anti-terrorist social interventions. © 2011 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

Keywordscross-cultural; extremism; mindset; terrorism
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440804. Defence studies
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Journal TitlePersonality and Individual Differences: Theory, Assessment, and Application
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Byline AffiliationsNanyang Technological University, Singapore
University of Oregon, United States
University of Belgrade, Serbia
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