Commit Sociology

As two men were arrested this week for allegedly conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack, the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was not interested in talking about the causes of terrorism. He said: “I think, though, this is not a time to commit sociology, if I can use an expression… The root causes of terrorism is terrorists.”

This is exactly the time to commit sociology
This is exactly the time to commit sociology

 

Here’s two introductory references if you’re interested in the sociology of political violence: Political Terrorism by Alex Schmid and Albert Jongman, and one of the best resources I’ve read, The Psychology of Terrorism by John Horgan.

Link to news story via The Sociological Cinema.