Narcissism, Patriarchy, and the Culture of Terrorism

Abigail R Esman

A ground-breaking book about links between domestic violence, terrorism, and narcissistic personality.
Publication date:
November 2020
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
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ISBN : 9781640122314

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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• Culture of Terrorism brings much needed attention to the critical issue of domestic abuse, particularly among immigrants and religious orthodoxy  (Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Jewish) - often taboo topics in the mainstream
• It examines the fundamental connections between these two forms of violence
• Offers new ways of understanding the dynamics of terrorism and the terrorist psyche - and of the victims of terrorism - dynamics rooted in fear, empathy, optimism, hope, rage, family, culture, machismo, and shame
• The book offers recommendations for political policy changes - from tightening gun laws to expanding surveillance of domestic abusers to public education programs that would increase exposure to the arts - proven in numerous studies to enhance the development of empathy and reduce aggression

In the days after 9/11, Abigail Esman walked the streets of New York haunted by a sense that was eerily familiar: the trauma of violence that hovered over the city. Friends, family, strangers in the street moved, walked, even stood, as she herself had done before as a victim of domestic battery and abuse. Since then, Esman, an award-winning journalist who specializes in writing on terrorism and radicalization, has studied the connections between terror and abuse, and the forces that inspire both forms of violence. The complex web that ties them together is the subject of this groundbreaking new book, Culture of Terrorism, which exposes these interrelations to bring new insights into the terrorist psyche and the cultures that create it.

In this new approach to understanding terrorism and violence, Esman presents clear explanations of malignant (pathological) narcissism and its roots in shame-honor cultures - both familial and sociopolitical - through portraits of terrorists and batterers, including Osama bin Laden, Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh, O.J Simpson, and others. The insights of psychiatrists, former Muslim radicals, national security experts, and others elaborate authoritatively on the thesis, while Esman's own experiences with abuse and the aftermath of 9/11 on the streets of New York City further enrich the narrative. Finally, Culture of Terrorism proposes social and policy initiatives aimed at simulating social equality and enriching women's rights through educational programs globally - all to overcome cultural oppressions and other sociopolitical forces that hinder the possibilities for security and peace. The result is a volume that sheds new light on the roots of violence and terrorism, while arguing for proactive ways in which to protect our Western traditions of justice and of freedom.