Identify a social, environmental, or political problem that is of local, national, or global concern

Identify a social, environmental, or political problem that is of local, national, or global concern

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Running head: Social, cultural and personal Identity in terrorism: The world’s problem 1 SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND PERSONAL IDENTITY IN TERRORISM; THE WORLD’S PROBLEM INTRODUCTION The future of humankind is now more than ever being shaped by certain issues, beyond a single nation’s ability to solve. Be it climatic change, financial instability, avian flu, water scarcities, stark and intractable poverty, disappearing fisheries, waves of refugees and immigrants or even terrorism, they are problems of global concern and hence demand the cooperation among nations (Bhargrava, 2006). Terrorist tactics and activities have been around for decades. However, the increased use of sophisticated weaponry as well as the increase in potential mass casualties have led social and political science scholars to prioritize on understanding causes of terrorism as well as how to prevent it. A unique approach via which to understand terrorism is that terrorism is more of a social problem than a political problem under which social, cultural and personal identities lie as well as play the major role determining one’s likelihood to engage in terrorism (Schwartz, et al, 2009). Identity is a complex and theoretical construct which involves elements that originate at three levels; cultural identity, social identity and personal identity. The cultural identity represents specific cultural values which one incorporates throughout his or her life. The values act as the guiding principles for ones behavior, collectivism and absolutism in belief. They are also internalized perspectives which are derived from various sources including involvement with ethnic, national, religious, cultural and educational communities as well as the exposure via various media and the participation in personal social networks. The social identity represents a self-ascribed significance which is attached to social groups in which one belongs and interacts
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