Terrorism: Brief Description of a Terrorist Group

A terrorist group may be a small or a large group of members who share the same cause, ideology, or religious belief.  They may be an international group or a domestic group.  Their campaigns may be sponsored via self preservation (autonomy) or via state sponsorship (semi-autonomy).  Members of such a group may be male or female and with varied ages.  A terrorist group can be a socially acceptable infrastructure for people of the same mindset, and most importantly a terrorist group provides social recognition and reinforcement for its members (White, 2006).  Such a group may provide a heaven for social misfits and/or people of high social class.  There is no set criterion for who is qualified to be a terrorist based on their economic and social status.


White, J.R. (2006). Terrorism and Homeland Security. (5th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson-Wadsworth.

Article written by Radek Gadek

Radek holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. He is currently doing consulting work and runs this blog to provide relevant information on criminal justice degrees, colleges and related careers.

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