Profiling is a hot topic today. The post-9/11 "War on Terrorism" has engendered political, ethical, and scientific controversy over its use. The proliferation of recent films, television programs, and books is a sociocultural indicator of widespread interest. Designed for a diverse audienceincluding law enforcement officers, intelligence and security officers, attorneys, and researchersFoundations of Psychological Profiling: Terrorism, Espionage, and Deception presents scientific theory and data on the notion of profiles, integrating essential interdisciplinary knowledge related to the practice and applications of profiling that is rarely found in books on the subject.
Exploring the related fields of historiography, hermeneutics, epistemology, and narratology, the book:
Examines the definitions, history, and politics of profiling
Explains how valid profiling can confront challenges such as the suitability of common scientific methods for the behavioral sciences
Discusses how schematics allow profilers to best ask and answer the right questions when attempting to predict what might happen, identify what is or has already happened, and understand and influence any related events
Describes various psychological events within, or exhibited by, profilers impacting the five desired endpoints of profiling
Presents the theories, constructs, and illustrations related to two crucial tasks: (1) creating a representation of how events relate to each other and to events of interest, and (2) creating a narrative based on that matrix
Demonstrates applications in profiling related to terrorism, espionage, and deception
When conducted successfully, profiling can immensely benefit intelligence, security, and law enforcement professionals to help unearth behaviors, clues, and "triggers" to when, why, and how someone with bad intent may act on that intent. The book examines this phenomenon and concludes with the authors speculation on how developments in scientific method and statistical proceduresas well as the integration of interdisciplinary sources, politics, and the cyberworldmay impact the future of profiling.
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