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Making Sense of Suicide Missions$
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Diego Gambetta

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276998

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276998.001.0001

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Motivations and Beliefs in Suicide Missions

Motivations and Beliefs in Suicide Missions

(p.233) 7 Motivations and Beliefs in Suicide Missions
Making Sense of Suicide Missions

Jon Elster

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines why people kill themselves for other reasons than that they do not want to live, focusing on the special case of why they engage in suicide bombings or (as on 11 September 2001) other modes of suicide missions (SMs). It makes a distinction between two levels of actors. At the first level are those who sacrifice their lives (the suicide attackers). At the second level are those who incite and enable them to do so (the organizers). It draws heavily on the cases of suicide attacks mentioned in the other chapters in this volume as well as on some other sources.

Keywords:   suicide bombings, politically motivated suicide, suicide attackers, organizers

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