Using a social-psychological approach that views terrorism as a violent manifestation of intergroup behaviour, this project aims to identify contextual and psychological predictors of support for terrorism.

The tested model proposes that support for terrorism arises from the complex interplay of social identities, associated appraisals (eg, relating injustices committed against one's group) and emotions, the perceived ability of one's group to deal with injustices, and the efficacy of potential collective action strategies. Characteristics of the social context (assessed using census data and indices of responses by other group members) are expected to exert effects on psychological variables by affecting intergroup and intragroup processes, social norms, and beliefs about how others see one's group.

This theoretical model will be tested in the context of support for terrorism among British Muslims, whose attitudes towards violent extremism have been subject to much speculation and in the recent years. The research is planned in three phases:

  1. an initial phase consisting of an interview study, the development of a questionnaire and a pilot survey;
  2. a telephone survey of 1000 Muslims drawn from 50 pre-selected UK census output areas;
  3. a survey of 500 re-contacted Muslim respondents to allow for longitudinal analyses.


Nothing to lose : a provocative strategy of collective resistance

Speaker: Russell Spears Date: 01 July 2011 Seminar/workshop

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Explaining radical group behaviour : developing emotion and efficacy routes to normative and non-normative collective action

Author: Nicole Tausch Date: 01 July 2011 Journal article

Nothing to lose : desperate circumstances require desperate measures

Author: Russell Spears Date: 30 June 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Nothing to lose : desperate circumstances require desperate measures

Author: Russell Spears Date: 30 June 2011 Seminar/workshop

Emotion and efficacy pathways to normative and non-normative political action

Speaker: Nicole Tausch Date: 30 June 2011 Seminar/workshop

Collective action and social change : toward integration and innovation

Organiser: Martijn van Zomeren Date: 01 June 2011 Organised event

Nothing to lose : the paradoxical power of the powerless

Speaker: Russell Spears Date: 01 June 2011 Presentation/lecture

Nothing to lose : further evidence for disempowered groups

Speaker: Russell Spears Date: 01 June 2011 Presentation/lecture

Nothing to lose : desperate circumstances require desperate measures

Speaker: Russell Spears Date: 01 June 2011 Presentation/lecture

Nothing to lose : desperate circumstances require desperate measures

Speaker: Russell Spears Date: 01 June 2011 Presentation/lecture

“Nothing to lose” : desperate circumstances require desperate measures

Speaker: Russell Spears Date: 01 June 2011 Presentation/lecture

Predictors of support for political violence

Speaker: Nicole Tausch Date: 31 May 2011 Presentation/lecture

Nothing to lose : desperate circumstances require desperate measures

Speaker: Nicole Tausch Date: 31 May 2011 Presentation/lecture

Emotion and efficacy pathways to normative and non-normative political action

Speaker: Rim Saab Date: 31 May 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Start date
03 April 2009
End date
02 January 2011
Grant holder
Dr Nicole Tausch
Co-applicants
Professor Russell Spears
Grant amount
£83,827.88
Grant reference
RES-000-22-3251
Discipline
Psychology
Grant type