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NCJ Number: 100394 Find in a Library
Title: Profile of a Terrorist (From Perspectives on Terrorism, P 45-60, 1983, Lawrence Zelic Freedman and Yonah Alexander, eds. - See NCJ-100393)
Author(s): C A Russell; B H Miller
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Scholarly Resources, Inc.
Wilmington, DE 19805
Sale Source: Scholarly Resources, Inc.
104 Greenhill Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19805
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Profiles of persons in 18 urban revolutionary groups throughout the world cover age, sex, marital status, rural versus urban origin, social and economic background, education or occupation, method and place of recruitment, and political philosophy.
Abstract: Published data were analyzed for over 350 terrorist cadres and leaders active during 1966-76. Terrorists are largely single males aged 22 to 24 who have some university education, if not a college degree. Female terrorists, with exceptions for some groups, perform supportive rather than operational roles. Urban terrorists generally come from affluent, urban, middle-class families, many of whom enjoy considerable social prestige. Many terrorists have practiced in prestigious professions prior to becoming terrorists. Most have been strongly influenced by an anarchist or Marxist world view and were recruited into terrorist operations while in college. In a number of countries, younger persons are being recruited to terrorism. Increasing numbers are trained in skilled trades. Future research must determine whether this trend will alter the terrorist profile. 24 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Terrorist profiles
Index Term(s): Female revolutionaries; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Terrorism causes
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