Countering Terrorism: Psychosocial Strategies

Countering Terrorism: Psychosocial Strategies

Countering Terrorism: Psychosocial Strategies

Countering Terrorism: Psychosocial Strategies contextualizes the issues related to terrorism and places the discourse within the ambit of sociocultural theories....

  • ISBN: 9788132109594
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  • Author Updesh Kumar, Manas K. Mandal
  • Publisher Sage Publications India Pvt.Ltd,
  • Binding Paperback

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Countering Terrorism: Psychosocial Strategies contextualizes the issues related to terrorism and places the discourse within the ambit of sociocultural theories. The book goes beyond the obvious and commonsensical notions and discusses the relevant issues from interdisciplinary perspectives, informed by theoretical stances of not only psychological sciences, but other social sciences like political science, criminology, military, and sociology as well.

The volume contains 18 chapters by expert authors with diverse cultural backgrounds and provides a wide ranging canvas for multifaceted understanding of the terror phenomenon. The opening section, Understanding Terrorism: Psychosocial Issues, places emphasis on developing a well-heeled construct with strong theoretical foundations and empirical understanding of the psycho-socio-cultural dynamics involved in perpetration of terror acts. The second section, Countering Terrorism: Psychosocial Avenues, flows from the understanding thus attained and expounds counter-terror strategies and preventive measures that go beyond the obvious short-term goals and envisage the creation of a peaceful world.

Review

The multi-disciplinary scholarship contained in this highly relevant book could be said to have resolved the decades-long conundrum of how terrorism should be defined and understood…This publication could be recommended as a comprehensive exploration of the subject of ‘terrorism’…Countering Terrorism is a book which ought to get into the hands of governments and other relevant quarters which are deeply concerned about ‘terror’, its causes and containment. [The book] explore numerous dimensions of this troubling political phenomenon, which could prove highly revelatory to the researcher and a lay reader. The book’s editors have met a crying need in the discipline of Political Science by bringing out this book. It would also be of immense help in raising public awareness about ‘terror’ and it’s hitherto numerous unexplored dimensions. (The Island)

A Comprehensive yet concise compilation of the work on historic, economic, socio-cultural, political and psychological aspects of understanding and countering terrorism.... the compilation is educative reading for those dealing with terrorism, may they be from the civil services, defence forces, police and parliamentary forces. Worth a look by politicians...The book will benefit those researching in countering terrorism and those who prepare policy dealing with such matters. (Defence Watch, Vol 13, August 2013)

About the Author

Updesh Kumar, Ph.D., is a Scientist ‘F’ and in the chair of the Head, Mental Health Division at Defence Institute of Psychological Research, R&D Organization, Ministry of Defence, Delhi, India. Dr Kumar obtained his Doctorate degree from Punjab University, Chandigarh. With more than 23 years of experience as a scientist in R&D organization, he specializes in the area of suicidal behavior, personality assessment, and personnel selection and has developed a number of psychological tests and assessment tools. Dr Kumar has authored manuals on ‘Suicide and Fratricide: Dynamics and Management’ for defense personnel, ‘Managing Emotions in Daily Life & at Work Place’ for general population, ‘Overcoming Obsolescence & Becoming Creative in R&D Environment’ for R&D organizations, and ‘Self-Help Techniques in Military Settings.’ He has authored more than 50 other academic publications in the form of research papers, journal articles, and book chapters and represented his institute at national and international level. He has been the recipient of Defence R&D organization’s (DRDO) Technology Group Award in 2001 and 2009, and Professor Manju Thakur Memorial Award 2009 by Indian Academy of Psychology (IAAP). 

 Manas K. Mandal, Ph.D., is currently Director General (Life Sciences), Defence R&D Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India, Delhi. Dr Mandal obtained his postgraduate and Doctorate degrees from Calcutta University in 1979 and 1984, respectively. He has completed his Postdoctoral Research Program at Delware University (Fulbright Fellow), USA in 1986–1987 and at Waterloo University (Shastri & NSERC Fellow), Canada in 1993–1994. Dr Mandal was a Professor of Psychology at Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Author Updesh Kumar, Manas K. Mandal
ISBN 9788132109594
Langauage English
Pages 472
Publisher Sage Publications India Pvt.Ltd,
Binding Paperback

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