This paper attempts to determine motivations behind terrorism from the perspectives of Rational Choice Theory and Social Solidarity Theory. Understanding motivation for terrorist acts cannot be determined uni-dimensionally and different levels of terrorist organizations are best understood using different theories – with individual suicide bombers’ motivations best explained by Social Solidarity Theory and sponsoring organizations’ motives best explained by Rational Choice Theory.
"Terrorism: Motivation and Theory,"
The Journal of Public and Professional Sociology: Vol. 9
, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/jpps/vol9/iss2/1