What We're Reading

May 2019 | Dr. John Horgan

“This past month I have read many articles addressing a variety of topics on terrorism. It can be challenging to highlight the most memorable ones, but this list reflects a series of pieces that really made me think deeply about their content. Their diversity mirrors the complex and dynamic character of today’s terrorism, while my focus on some of them reflects new directions for my research. At Georgia State University, I am about to launch a major new research project into the growing threat of Incel-related violence, so Zack Beauchamp’s excellent piece for Vox was of great interest. We continue to see more commentary on public health approaches to countering violent extremism, and the recent report by Public Health Wales covers these issues in detail. Graeme Wood’s piece on Christchurch is a reminder of how inconsistent our treatment of ideology is. As a psychologist, I am always on the lookout for psychological approaches to terrorism—the recent issue of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology has some terrific analysis on a range of issues that might help us better understand those tragic events.”

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Zack Beauchamp
In the late 1990s, a lonely teenager on the West Coast fired up his dial-up modem to find someone to talk to. He was a shy kid, too introverted to feel fully comfortable in the real world...
Molly Wood
Radicalism, terrorism, and hatred of perceived "others" are, sadly, as old as humanity. But the internet--social media platforms in particular--has proven to be the perfect delivery mecha...
Rosie Gray
Once notorious for her racist and bigoted tweets, Katie McHugh saw the dark insides of the white nationalist movement.
Marc Wilson (editor)
Today, the day of publication of this issue of the New Zealand Journal of Psychology marks the one-month anniversary of the terror attack on Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch. W...