Matteo Vergani: How is Terrorism Changing Us? Threat Perception and Political Attitudes in the Age of Terror.

1st edition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 174 pages, ISBN 978-981-13-4053-6.

  • José de Arimatéia da Cruz


This book examines how the perception of terrorism threat erodes civil liberties, sows doubt about the loyalties of immigrants, and heightens the left-right ideological divide. The book presents original analysis of survey data and experiments conducted in Australia, Europe and the United States.
Research in the book posits questions that others have largely avoided: How does the threat of terrorist violence undermine multicultural democracies? What are the psychological and social mechanisms that explain how the threat of terrorism can change political attitudes? What is the relationship between terrorism and death threats? What is the role of media in shaping the perception of terrorism threat? And what are the ethical responsibilities of journalists? This book will help readers distinguish between groundless speculation and solid scientific knowledge of the topic. Moreover, it provides concrete recommendations on how to prevent the most negative consequences of the polarization of political attitudes, such as social divisions, exclusivism and conflict. Given the broad geographical scope of the research presented in the book, specifically North America, Europe and Australia, this book will appeal to broad scope of readers.

Author Biography

José de Arimatéia da Cruz

is a Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics at Georgia Southern University, Savannah, Georgia, and an Adjunct Research Professor at the US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Dr. da Cruz holds a Ph.D in Political Science (Comparative Politics and International Relations) from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.


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