The Effects of the Perceived Threat of Terrorism on Groups

  • Matteo Vergani


This chapter discusses the existing theoretical approaches and empirical research on the consequences of terrorism threat on group identity. It draws on historical examples and theories developed in the social, psychological and political sciences (such as Social Identity Theory and Self-Categorization Theory) to understand the effects that the threat of terrorism can have on a person’s political attitudes. It discusses whether the actual threat of terrorism is different from other threats such as immigration, economic deprivation or crime. This chapter shows that, in times of threat, people’s need to belong to a group becomes stronger, and as a consequence, aggressive behaviour towards the real or perceived group’s enemies becomes more common.


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  • Matteo Vergani
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  1. 1.Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and GlobalisationDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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