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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Women's Role in Terrorism

Traditionally and empirically, very little is known about the participation of women in terrorist organizations. This presentation involves a systematic analysis of women's involvement in different terrorist groups. It will cover the traditional warfare roles that women play in terrorist organizations. The sociological factors, psychological elements, and social motivators of women involved in terrorist organizations will be presented. Using comparative analysis of women in the Irish Republican Army (IRA), a Latin American group called Tupamaros, and a Muslim extremist group called Hamas, issues of women's participation are explored. These groups will unravel the influences ideology, culture, and religion play in the understanding of women's roles. A content analysis of the literature using both manifest and latent coding techniques examines the roles of women based on several perspectives.

Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.
Presenter: Amanda Smathers (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Criminal Justice
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 11:25 am Session II