Workshop: The movement of suicide bombing and how it is reflected in our thinking about social behavior in the social sciences



Yossi Feinberg, Stanford University
Eva Meyersson Milgrom, Stanford University
Eli Berman, Rice University
Paul Milgrom, Stanford University
Mark Granovetter, Stanford University
Jon Elster, Columbia University
Douglas Heckathorn, Cornell University
Guillermina Jasso, New York University
Arie Kruglanski, University of Maryland
David Laitin, Stanford University
Howard Rosenthal, Princeton University
Noah Friedkin, UC, Santa Barbara
Alan Krueger, Princeton University

Date and Time

November 22, 2002 12:00 AM


By Invitation Only.

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The act of suicide can take many forms and is an old "way out". However, the act always engenders some sort of statement in the community left behind. The recent political and war-like statements of suicide bombers trigger both general concerns and scholarly questions. Suicide is an individual act, but at the same time it can give shape to a movement. How can we understand the current acts of suicide bombing? In what way does it raise new ways of thinking about the underlying assumptions and mechanisms behind social behavior?

Papers Presented:

1. "Inside the Terrorist Mind" by Arie Kruglanski, University of Maryland. Paper presented to the National Academy of Science, April 29, 2002, Washington D.C.

2. "Education, Poverty, Political Violence and Terrorism: Is there a Causal Connection?" by Alan B. Krueger and Jitka Maleckova, Working Paper 9074, National Bureau of Economic Research.

3. "The Interpersonal Influence Systems and Organized Suicides of Death Cults" by Noah E. Friedkin, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara.

4. "The Paradox of Suicide in Solidary Groups" by Douglas D. Heckathorn, Cornell University.

5. "Hamas, Taliban and the Jewish Underground: An Economist's View of Radical Religious Militias" by Eli Berman, Rice University, National Bureau of Economic Research.

6. "Suicide Missions: Motivations and Beliefs" by Jon Elster, Columbia University.

7. "Suicide Bombing: What is the Answer?" by Howard Rosenthal, Princeton University and Russell Sage Foundation.