Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

The Psychological Consequences of America's War on Terrorism

Book - 2006
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Color-coded terrorism "alerts" are issued, then "lifted" with no explanation. False alarms can, like crying wolf, desensitize people to a real need to be on alert. And that psychic numbing is just one effect discussed in this book by fifteen psychologists teamed up to take a critical look at the U.S. war on terrorism. These experts are led by the Chairman of an American Psychological Association task force charged with pinpointing the effect of our anti-terrorism efforts on American mental health. Together, they present the most up-to-date and intriguing picture we have of the fallout on our own people from our own programs. The text spotlights stereotyping of foreigners, increased domestic hate crimes, fear, depression and helplessness, as well as increased militancy and belligerence, especially among students. Perhaps most disturbing in the "land of the free," we also see increasing acceptance of restrictions on our personal freedoms, and acceptance of human rights violations.
Fifteen psychologists team up to show how anti-terrorism efforts are harming American mental health, and may well be spurring stronger motivations for terrorists.

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Kimmel, chair of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Psychological Effects of Efforts to Prevent Terrorism, together with his fellow psychiatrist Stout (U. of Illinois), present research conducted by the Task Force on the psychological effects of efforts to prevent terrorism and on programs that provide alternatives to terrorism. Contributors discuss the importance of overhauling the diplomatic approach to terrorism; the ways that the US reaction to 9/11 set conditions conducive to hate crimes; the social psychology of punishing antiwar dissent; relationships between threat, ideology, and political behavior; psychological effects of media coverage of the Iraq war; the impact of US activities in Afghanistan and Iraq on terrorist motivation; public mental health; and other aspects of the "War on Terror" that can explored through psychological investigation. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2006
ISBN: 9780275988265
Branch Call Number: 973.931 COLLA
Characteristics: xviii, 222 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Kimmel, Paul R.
Stout, Chris E.


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