Correspondent Inference Theory and Terrorism

Professor Max Abrahms’ article, “Why People Keep Saying, “That’s What the Terrorists Want,”” focuses on the concept that, regardless of the how a society responds to terrorist activity, it is always “playing into the terrorists’ hands.” In the article, which was published in the Harvard Business Review, Abrahms connects the correspondent inference theory presented by Edward Jones in the ’60s and ’70s to this mindset allowing anyone to think they know what it is terrorists’ want in terms of reactions following an attack. Edward Jones illustrated that there is a tendency for observers to interpret another’s actions in terms of the consequences. Following this tendency, Abrahms notes, “People infer the motives of terrorists directly from the observable consequences of their violent behavior – not from studying the groups more scientifically.” To read the full article, please click here.

Published On: December 2, 2015 | Tags: ,,,,
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