Is terrorism the result of root causes such as poverty and exclusion?

Dipak K. Gupta, Graham R. Huesmann, L. Rowell Huesmann

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The fundamental assumption of scientific inquiry is that every event that takes place (or does not happen) is caused by a set of factors. In other words, there is no true random event in the universe. The only problem is that, by quantum theory, there is no absolute certainty of outcomes since each outcome is also probabilistic. What is true of the physical world applies equally to social and political events, including terrorism. To a casual observer, attacks by suicide bombers may seem random, senseless or utterly irrational; however, a closer inquiry would reveal its deliberate nature (see, for example, Gupta and Mundra 2005; Horowitz 2015).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContemporary Debates on Terrorism, 2nd Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781317395225
ISBN (Print)9781138931350
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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