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Why fight : examining self-interested versus communally-oriented motivations in Palestinian resistance and rebellion

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dc.contributor.advisor Roger Petersen. en_US
dc.contributor.author Argo, Nichole en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Political Science. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-25T15:21:56Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-25T15:21:56Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/53256
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Political Science, 2009. en_US
dc.description "February 2009." Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 32-36). en_US
dc.description.abstract Why do individuals participate in weak-against-strong resistance, terror or insurgency? Drawing on rational choice theory, many claim that individuals join insurgent organizations for self-interested reasons, seeking status, money, protection, or rewards in the afterlife. Another line of research, largely ethnographic and social network based, suggests that prospective fighters are driven by social identity-they join out of an allegiance to communal values, norms of reciprocity, and an orientation towards process rather than outcome. This project tested these two lines of argument against each other by directly linking values orientations in a refugee camp to professed willingness to participate in resistance or rebellion in two different contexts. Professed willingness to participate in resistance, and especially in violent rebellion, is positively correlated with communal orientation and negatively correlated with self-enhancement values. The strength of correlation grows-negatively for self-enhancement and positively for communal orientations-as anticipated sacrifice increases. Results are discussed. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by T. Nichole Argo. en_US
dc.format.extent 36 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Political Science. en_US
dc.title Why fight : examining self-interested versus communally-oriented motivations in Palestinian resistance and rebellion en_US
dc.title.alternative Examining self-interested versus communally-oriented motivations in Palestinian resistance and rebellion en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Political Science. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 540710427 en_US


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