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Grubić, Aleksandra. (2012). Socijetalne dimenzije samoubilačkog terorizma. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Sociology. [mentor Bilandžić, Mirko].

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The key issue of this thesis represents the relationship between suicide as a terrorist act and society as a motivating mechanism which canalizes suicidal actions. With the help of Durkheim’s arguments about social influence on suicide, we tried to develop critical sociological framework in order to acquire better understanding of modern suicide terrorism and its correspondence with the society. Suicide terrorism has been growing since the beginning of the eighties of the last century. It includes an attack in which an attacker has to die causing certain human or material losses in order for the attack to be successful. Suicide terrorism occurs under the reverse structural conditions of international pressure where the coercer is the weaker actor and the target is the stronger, this way they acquire supporters and perform pressure on the political opponents. The thesis was meant to demonstrate the rationality and social conditionality of suicide terrorism through analysis of five terrorist organizations: Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qa’ida, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and Chechen separatists. The results have shown how suicide terrorism constitute a method of action inside the asymmetric conflict, how religion does not represent the main actuating mechanism for suicide terrorism and that there is no dichotomy between old and new terrorism, but it has only evolved through adapting its modus operandi to the current social surrounding.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: suicide terrorism, Durkheim’s typology of suicide, case-study, rational choice, terrorist organizations
Subjects: Sociology
Departments: Department of Sociology
Supervisor: Bilandžić, Mirko
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 15:52
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 14:05

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