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NCJ Number: 122204 Find in a Library
Title: Reexamination of Hacker's Typology
Journal: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:(Fall 1989)  Pages:39-44
Author(s): T P Kissane
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of Frederick Hacker's typology of terrorists concludes that a fourth category, the calculator, should be added to Hacker's three categories: the crusaders, the criminals, and the crazies.
Abstract: Hacker initially emphasized two dimensions for classifying individual categories of terrorists. These dimensions are selfishness/unselfishness and self-protective/non-protective. According to Hacker, the crusader is non-protective and unselfish; the criminal is self-protective and selfish; and the crazie is non-protective and selfish. However, Hacker fails to discuss the fourth possible classification: the person who is unselfish, but self-protective. Such a classification would be useful less as a psychological type than as a sociological role classification. Thus, potential careers for the calculator might include the revolutionary, the government-sponsored nationalist, the private-sector nationalist, the religionist, the racist, the anarchist, the searcher, the romantic, the munitions dealer, and the representative of an international crime group. In a 1979 paper, Hacker suggested the possible existence of a calculator, through his comment that a crusader is blindly obedient to someone. Thus, adding this category would be a useful way of demonstrating a role separate from that of crusader. Appended chart and 10 reference notes.
Main Term(s): Terrorist profiles
Index Term(s): Behavior typologies; Terrorism causes
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