The Social Movement Study Network's
Boston Bombing Study Guide

What Policymakers, Journalists, and All of Us Need to Know

Roger Griffin, 2012,

Terrorist's Creed:

Fanatical Violence and the Human Need for Meaning

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Listen to an Audio Interview with Griffin Recorded on May 7, 2013

This is an interview with Roger Griffin, Professor in Modern History at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, who has turned his expertise in modelling the dynamics of fascist support to understanding the psychological mechanisms which drive terrors fanaticism. In this interview he explains the phenomenon of what he calls 'heroic doubling' which can turn a 'normal' individual into someone who carries out acts of fanatical violence which may make no sense to the victims or the media-spectators to whom it is supposed to act as as a message. His analysis has a direct bearing on the 'inexplicable' acts of the Boston Marathon Bombers:

Interview Audio Formats: MP3 | MP4 | MP4 High Quality

Read an excerpt from Griffin's book here

Browse chapter headings here

Don't let terrorism stampede us into further eroding civil liberties in the United States. Expanding freedom is the best payback. Resistance is not futile.

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