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Male and female suicide bombers : different sexes, different reasons?

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Journal publication date2008
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Journal number4
Volume31
Number of pages23
Pages304-326
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article analyzes the motivations and recruitment of female suicide terrorists. Biographical accounts of 30 female and 30 male suicide terrorists were coded for method of recruitment, motivation for attack, and outcome of attack. A log-linear analysis found that female suicide terrorists were motivated more by Personal events, whereas males were motivated more by Religious/nationalistic factors. Females were equally likely as males to be recruited through peer influence, exploitation, or self promotion, whereas males were more likely to be recruited as a result of religious persuasion. The results highlight the need for continued research into female terrorism.