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Impact of authoritarian orientations and perception of terrorism on the level of perceived terrorism threat and preferences for counter terrorism actions

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Perhaps one of the most important questions that needs to be answered in order to understand responses to the terrorist threat is how people perceive terrorists, their characteristics and motivations. The way people cope with the terrorist threat is likely to depend on their cognitive appraisal of the source of threat. Decisions about collective actions against terrorism are made based on shared and salient representations of terrorists, their intentions and characteristics.
In the present paper we demonstrate that the way people tend to perceive terrorists is related to their ideas of the best and most effective counter-terrorist actions. When terrorists are perceived as freedom fighters on the side of the enemy, war on terrorism is preferred and possibility of dialogue is rejected. People who perceive terrorist as criminals tend to seek solutions that would guarantee that terrorists are ‘reformed’ and follow the laws and norms of the Western countries. Moreover, the results of the study reveal that framing the image of terrorists as soldiers or criminals results in preference for different counter terrorist strategies but only among people to whom a given image seems convincing (i.e. perception of terrorists as soldiers of the enemy is related to high SDO and perception of terrorists as psychopathic criminals is predicted by high levels of SDO and RWA).

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authoritarian orientations of RWA and SDO, perceptions of terrorism and terrorists, counterterrorism strategies
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Name: ISPP 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting
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Kossowska, Malgorzata. and Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka. "Impact of authoritarian orientations and perception of terrorism on the level of perceived terrorism threat and preferences for counter terrorism actions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Jul 14, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p314626_index.html>

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Kossowska, M. P. and Golec de Zavala, A. , 2009-07-14 "Impact of authoritarian orientations and perception of terrorism on the level of perceived terrorism threat and preferences for counter terrorism actions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p314626_index.html

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Abstract: Perhaps one of the most important questions that needs to be answered in order to understand responses to the terrorist threat is how people perceive terrorists, their characteristics and motivations. The way people cope with the terrorist threat is likely to depend on their cognitive appraisal of the source of threat. Decisions about collective actions against terrorism are made based on shared and salient representations of terrorists, their intentions and characteristics.
In the present paper we demonstrate that the way people tend to perceive terrorists is related to their ideas of the best and most effective counter-terrorist actions. When terrorists are perceived as freedom fighters on the side of the enemy, war on terrorism is preferred and possibility of dialogue is rejected. People who perceive terrorist as criminals tend to seek solutions that would guarantee that terrorists are ‘reformed’ and follow the laws and norms of the Western countries. Moreover, the results of the study reveal that framing the image of terrorists as soldiers or criminals results in preference for different counter terrorist strategies but only among people to whom a given image seems convincing (i.e. perception of terrorists as soldiers of the enemy is related to high SDO and perception of terrorists as psychopathic criminals is predicted by high levels of SDO and RWA).


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