PTSD And Child Suicide Bombers In Torbaaz: A Schematic Discourse Analysis

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Muhammad Adnan Akbar , Dr. Farzana Masroor , Anish Nazir


Current research unveils the discursive practices shaping innocent minds into extremists. The child suicide bomber is an emerging phenomenon in past few years when the Taliban has started using innocent souls to fulfill their evil designs. Current research will explore the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in shaping extremist behavior and strengthening the ideologies. Theme Identification will be used as a method and Discourse Analysis will be used as a methodology. Cognitive Stylistics Analysis and more specifically schema theory along with The Social Cognitive model of Van Dijk will be used as a tool to analyze the dialogues of the movie and will provide a theoretical framework of the study. The Schematic appraisal model for suicide (SAMS) will also be applied to understand and evaluate different prevailing themes that are contributing towards suicidal ideation. The epistemology will be an interpretive technique as data will be interpreted through the standpoint of language, cognition, and ideology. This research will demystify the role of psychopathy and conditioning in evolving this new face of terrorism. Sports help in mitigating the revenge sentiments and works as group therapy for the treatment of antisocial behavior. This research will further analyze this possibility in the light of DSM-V and abnormal psychology. PTSD, suicidal ideation, sports therapy, and  SAMS are contemporary research interests to unfold the psycho-social plight of refugees in Afghanistan. This research combines all these perspectives to unearth the socio-cognitive mindset of refugees children who become easy victims of militants.  

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