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Symbolism in terrorism : motivation, communication, and behavior

Author: Jonathan Andre Matusitz; Rowman and Littlefield.
Publisher: Lanham [etc.] : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, cop. 2015.
Series: Security and Professional Intelligence Education Series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

The symbolic character of terrorism is the focus of this textbook. A comprehensive analysis, it incorporates descriptions, definitions, case studies, and theories. This groundbreaking text  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Andre Matusitz; Rowman and Littlefield.
ISBN: 9781442235779 1442235772 9781442235786 1442235780 9781442235793 1442235799
OCLC Number: 985848719
Description: XIV, 339 s. : il. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction1. What Is Symbolism?Symbol: Origin of the WordSymbolism: General DescriptionAnthroposemiosisMeaning-MakingSymbol vs. SignThree Categories of SymbolsPhysical SymbolsNonphysical SymbolsSummary2. Interpreting Symbolism in Terrorism: A First StepDefinition of TerrorismDefining Terrorism with Symbolic ElementsTerrorism as Performative ViolenceTerrorism as a Transnational Injustice SymbolLinguistic Symbolism in Terrorism: Irish and ArabicLinguistic Symbolism in Terrorism: Name-Giving CodesTerror Glorification: Symbolic Palestinian TerroristsTerror Glorification: Symbolic TimingSeptember 11, 1565, September 11, 1683, and September 11, 1697April 19, 1993Summary3. Symbolic TargetsTargets of TerrorismImpact on the AudienceAttacking Sacred Symbols: IconoclasmClash of CivilizationsThe World Trade Center as a Symbolic TargetBlowback TheoryLiquid ModernityWestoxificationAnti-GlobalizationAnti-MulticulturalismSummary4. The Symbolic Culture of TerrorismCulture: DefinitionSymbolic InteractionismOrganizational CulturePositive Cult vs. Negative CultRitualRitual TerrorismHonor KillingSummary5. Myth in Symbolic TerrorismMyth: DescriptionSymbolic DNA of TerrorismSymbolic Convergence Theory (SCT)Symbolic Cue, Fantasy Type, and SagaCase Study of SCT: Earth Liberation Front (ELF)Case Study of SCT: HezbollahSymbolic TrinitySymbolic Trinity and PropagandaSymbolic Trinity and Myth FabricationCase Study of the Symbolic Trinity: NazismCase Study of the Symbolic Trinity: Maharashtrian TerrorismSummary6. Symbolic Place and Territory in TerrorismPlace and Territory as SymbolismEthnonationalismTerra SanctaPersuasive CartographyTerrorist MuralsCase Study I: Murals in Northern IrelandCase Study II: Murals in the Palestinian TerritoriesSummary7. Symbolism in Religious Terrorism: General PerspectivesReligious TerrorismFive Principles of ReligionThreat of SecularizationGood vs. EvilDar al-Islam vs. Dar al-HarbDehumanization of EnemiesContrast Symbols and TotalismViolent New Religious Movements (VNRMs)Case Study of VNRM: Aum ShinrikyoSupernatural Forces in WarfareSummary8. Hindu, Sikh, Christian, and Jewish TerrorismHindu TerrorismTamil TigersSikh TerrorismChristian TerrorismJewish TerrorismSummary9. Islamist TerrorismGlobal Support for Islamist TerrorismViolence against Unbelievers in the Qur'anSymbolic Meanings of JihadSalafi SymbolismThe Caliphate: Symbol of Global DominationIslamic RevivalThe Muslim BrotherhoodThe MahdiSummary10. Symbolism in Suicide TerrorismSuicide Terrorism: DescriptionBrief History and Statistics on Suicide TerrorismCase Study: Kurdistan Workers' PartyWeapon of Mass PersuasionCategories of Suicide TerrorismMartyrdomIstishhadStatus SymbolCulture of DeathSacrificeHunger Strike as MartyrdomSummary11. Symbolism of Terrorist WeaponsTerrorist Weapons: General PerspectivesExamples of Symbolic Terrorist WeaponsImprovised Explosive Devices (IEDs)Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs)The Sword in Islamist CultureIslamist BeheadingsFour Categories of BeheadingGender Communal TerrorismTwelve Symbolic Reasons for War RapeSummary12. Symbolism in Female TerrorismFacts on Female TerrorismGender Role ReversalFemale Terrorism as Continuity of the FightFemale Terrorism as Strategic DesirabilityFemale Terrorism as RevengeFemale Terrorism as Restoration of HonorFemale Terrorism as ChangeBeautiful Female TerroristsSummary13. Brand Management in TerrorismPublic CommunicationBrand ManagementCase Study: The Brand of HezbollahAppropriation of SymbolsCase Study I: Islamist TerrorismCase Study II: Shining PathTerrorists' Dress Code as Brand ManagementKeffiyeh: Brand of Palestinian ResistanceTerrorist ChicSummary14. Visual Motifs in Islamist TerrorismVisual MotifsConceptual Metaphor TheoryCase Study I: WaterfallsCase Study II: HandsCase Study III: The Color BlackLow Context vs. High ContextCase Study I: LionsCase Study II: DovesSummary15. Semiotic Analysis of TerrorismDefinition of SemioticsSaussurean SemioticsPeircean SemioticsCase Study of Peircean Semiotics: 9/11The Icon-Index-Symbol TriadCase Study of Icon-Index-Symbol: Munich MassacreSummary16. Symbolic Terrorism in the Global VillageGlobal VillageNew Media-Oriented TerrorismE-JihadThree Stages of E-Jihad IndoctrinationYouTube EffectVirtual CaliphateSikh Separatists' WebsitesExtreme-Right Groups in CyberspaceKamikaze CyberpunkSummaryGlossary
Series Title: Security and Professional Intelligence Education Series.
Responsibility: Jonathan Matusitz.
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