Female Motivation for Terrorism

Female Motivation - women have more to learn In the view of Susana Ronconi one of Italy’s most notorious and violent terrorists in the 1970s the

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Female Motivation for Terrorism What motivates women to become terrorists? Galvin suggests that women, being more idealistic than men, may be more impelled to perpetrate terrorist activities in response to failure to achieve change or the experience of death or injury to a loved one. Galvin also argues that the female terrorist enters into terrorism with different motivations and expectations than the male terrorist. In contrast to men, who Galvin characterizes as being enticed into terrorism by the promise of “power and glory,” females embark on terrorism “attracted by promises of a better life for their children and the desire to meet people’s needs that are not being met by an intractable establishment.” Considering that females are less likely than males to have early experience with guns, terrorist membership is therefore a more active process for women than for men because
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Unformatted text preview: women have more to learn. In the view of Susana Ronconi, one of Italy’s most notorious and violent terrorists in the 1970s, the ability to commit violence did not have anything to do with gender. Rather, one’s personality, background, and experience were far more important. Companionship is another motivating factor in a woman’s joining a terrorist group. MacDonald points out that both Susanna Ronconi and Ulrike Meinhof 59 “craved love, comradeship, and emotional support” from their comrades. Feminism has also been a motivating ideology for many female terrorists. Many of them have come from societies in which women are repressed, such as Middle Eastern countries and North Korea, or Catholic countries, such as in Latin America, Spain, Ireland, and Italy. Even Germany was repressive for women when the Baader-Meinhof Gang emerged...
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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