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Dr Bill Durodié


We are the enemies within
Times Higher Education Supplement, 22 September 2006
It is not a clash of civilisations but our own cultural self-loathing and pessimistic outlook that motivates young terrorists, many of them born in the West.
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Cultural Precursors and Psychological Consequences of Contemporary Western Responses to Acts of Terror
in 'The Psychology of Resolving Global Conflicts’, Fitzduff, M. and Stout C.E. eds.
Praeger Press, Westport, 2006, pp.307-326
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Cultural Precursors and Psychological Consequences of Contemporary Western Responses to Acts of Terror
in ‘Psychological Responses to the New Terrorism: A NATO-Russia Dialogue’, Wessely, S. and Krasnov V.N. eds.
IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2006, pp.37-53
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Public Panic and Morale: World War Two Civilian Responses Re-Examined in the Light of the Current Anti-Terrorist Campaign
(with Edgar Jones, Robin Woolven and Simon Wessely)
Journal of Risk Research, Vol.9, No. 1, January 2006, p57-73
Second World War civilian responses reexamined in the light of the current anti-terrorist campaign
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Contending cultures of counterterrorism
International Affairs, Vol.82 No.1 , January 2006, pp.195-196
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Terrorism: a threat to humanity
Mission Catalyst
January 2006
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The Concept of Risk
Nuffield Trust Paper, Health, Security and Foreign Policy Programme
November 2005
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Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror
Journal of Strategic Studies
Vol.28, No.5, October 2005, p.897-900
This book serves as a useful critique of any who may assume Al Qaeda to be a bunch of disorganised hicks, living in caves.
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Risk in Perspective: In Defence of Common Sense
CTPA, London, October 2005, p.3

Terrorism and Community Resilience - A UK Perspective
Chatham House Briefing Paper
ISP/NSC Briefing Paper 05/01, July 2005, pp.4-5
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What can the science and technology community contribute?
in Science and Technology Policies for the Anti-Terrorism Era, James, A. ed.
IOS Press, Amsterdam, forthcoming
This article explores the role attributed to science and technology in combating the global war on terror in an age when social bonds have been eroded and our sense of the need for social solutions diminished accordingly. One consequence of this is the exaggeration of risks presented by science and by terrorists to the point of ignoring the more mundane and probable threats that confront us.
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The limitations of risk management in dealing with disaster and building social resilience
Vol.8, No.1, March 2005, pp.14-21
This article explores the significance of social resilience in the light of the events of
the 11th of September 2001. More broadly, it examines the way in which evolving
cultural contexts alter our perceptions of risk and disaster. It argues that the
contemporary dominance of technically focused risk management led responses is
limiting and may serve to undermine the ordinary human bonds that actually make
us truly resilient. A political debate over societal values is required if we are to reengage the public in order to achieve this and hence deal appropriately with
disasters and terrorism.
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Terror in the first person
Review of Talking to Terrorists by Robin Soans
Times Higher Educational Supplement, 5 August 2005
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Suicide Bombers v Sexual Abusers: A Battle of Depravity or Western Fixations?
Conference Paper, University of Wolverhampton
28 June 2005

The Domestic Management of Terrorist Attacks
Final Project Report, Economic and Social Research Council
May 2005

Civilian morale during the Second World War: responses to air-raids re-examined
Social History of Medicine,
with Edgar Jones, Robin Woolven and Simon Wessely
Vol.17, No.3, December 2004, pp.463-479
Civilians proved more resilient than planners had predicted, largely because they had underestimated their adaptability and resourcefulness.
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Social bonds can withstand most bombs
THES, 19 December 2004
Terrorism aimed at a divided society will never be countered by technical efforts alone - real resilience can come only from common purpose.
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Animal rights terrorism and the demise of political debate
World Defence Systems, Vol.7, No.2, Autumn 2004, pp.202-203
Those confronting animal-rights activists lack the resolve to win the debate.
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Cultural influences on resilience and security
Homeland and Security Monitor, Vol.3, No.7, September 2004, pp.4-6
In addressing the issue of terrorism, it is as important to understand what our responses teach us about ourselves — both as individuals and as a society — as it is to deal with the terrorists or tackle what we perceive to be the root causes of terrorism.
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Home Affairs Committee inquiry into terrorism and community relations
September 2004
This submission seeks to inform policy-makers and emergency-planners of the significant lessons to be learnt from the growing body of literature examining human behaviour in a disaster. These point to the paramount need for professionals to incorporate community responses to particular crises within their actions, rather than seeking to supplant them as ill-informed or less productive.
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Don't send in the tanks
THES, 30 July 2004
Using the Army to deter animal activists will not win over public opinion.
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Panic in the streets
New Humanist, May 2004
What makes us all so anxious?
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Facing the possibility of bioterrorism
Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2004, 15:264-268
Bioterrorism provides a powerful metaphor for élite fears of social corrosion from within.
Accordingly, a broader historical and cultural perspective is required to understand why individuals and societies feel so vulnerable to what remain largely speculative scenarios.
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Political tunnel vision is today's real terror
THES, 26 March 2004
In retreating from the world and politics, we all become more vulnerable - as the people and politicians of Spain have learnt.
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Sociological Aspects Of Risk And Resilience In Response To Acts Of Terrorism
World Defence Systems
Vol.7, No.1, Spring 2004, pp.214-216
Our response to terrorist incidents as a society teaches us far more about ourselves than it does about the terrorists
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Review: The Globalization of Terrorism
The Global Review of Ethnopolitics, Vol.3, No.2, January 2004, pp.108-109
The year 2001 was a huge one for terrorism. This little book missed it. Published six
months before the momentous events of September one might feel inclined to forgive
the author, series editor and publishers for failing to anticipate the broadly unimaginable. But the book’s bigger failing is to have missed the 1990s.
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Communicating the War on Terror
Conference Report, King’s College London
January 2004
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Social Bonds Can Withstand Most Bombs
Times Higher Education Supplement
19 December 2003

From the rules of engagement to passionless marriages
THES, 28 November 2003
Conflict: From Analysis to Intervention, edited by Sandra Cheldelin, Daniel Druckman and Larissa Fast
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The fear and self-loathing in Las Vegas
THES, 17 October 2003
Now even the Americans are anti-American.
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Is Real Resilience Attainable?
Homeland Security & Resilience Monitor
Vol.2, No.6, September 2003, pp.15-19
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Review of Terrorism-Related Work
Private Commission for Oxford Analytica
May 2003

Are we getting the balance right?
Terrorism Research
April 2003

A diabolical deal that still endangers democracy
THES, 28 March 2003
The Final Frontier: America, Science, and Terror, by Dominick Jenkins
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Men without a mission make poor soldiers
THES, 21 February 2003
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Communicating the War on Terror: conference summary
(with Brendan O'Neill)
What should governments tell the public about terror threats? How should governments and other official bodies strike a balance between warning us and worrying us? And what is the role of the media in the war on terror -- how should we define the responsibilities of increasingly influential reporters in a time of conflict?
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Is real resilience attainable?
Homeland Security & Resilience Monitor
Vol.2, No.6, September 2003, pp.15-19
The concept of resilience — the ability to withstand or recover from adverse conditions — has come of age in the wake of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. Politicians, emergency planners and others talk of the need to “build”, “engender”, “improve” or “enhance” resilience in society. What is being proposed and to what extent is real resilience attainable in today's conditions?
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Resilience or panic? The public and terrorist attack
The Lancet, Vol.360, No.9349, 6 December 2002, pp.1901-1902
How can governments prepare the public before an attack without reducing resilience; and second, what should be done to prevent panic in the aftermath?
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Perception and threat
Homeland Security & Resilience Monitor
Vol.1, No.4, November 2002, pp.16-18
One of the biggest dangers of 11 September is overreaction. We need to develop
responses based upon our values rather than focusing upon our vulnerabilities.
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