Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department or Program
Second Department or Program
Sociology and Anthropology
The aim of this study is to (a) compare and contrast a number of theoretical approaches to the study of terrorism in order to clearly define what constitutes a terrorist act, (b) analyze various arguments for the moral justification of terrorism, and (c) provide a detailed historical analysis of the actions of the Weather Underground Organization (WUO) to determine whether or not the group’s actions should be considered terrorism. In so doing, this study demonstrates that the actions of the WUO throughout the late 1960s do not constitute terrorism; however, if they do, they could be considered morally just. This case study sheds light on the sociopolitical dynamics that have historically motivated groups to take up armed struggle against their own government, offering new insights for the sociological study of terrorism, a discipline in its infancy.
Cerer, Jennifer L., "Radicalism and Violence: Conceptualizing the Weather Underground Organization’s Actions in the 1960s and 1970s" (2018). Senior Theses.