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Public health and terrorism 

Public health and terrorism
Public health and terrorism

Kamaldeep Bhui

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date: 26 January 2022

This chapter describes terrorism and radicalization as processes that are usually managed by the criminal justice system, and erroneously applying information from convicted offenders to populations. Terrorism and radicalization are now proposed to be helpful targets of public health strategies, in order to shift potential risk factors and protective factors into more favourable profiles. Although the field is in its infancy, this chapter sets out some of the pros and cons of adopting a public health approach to tackle terrorism. Public health approaches to tackling violence are discussed, alongside research findings on how these might be adapted for tackling terrorism.

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