Terrorism: A Critical Introduction

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Macmillan International Higher Education, Apr 12, 2011 - Political Science - 304 pages
In the years since 9/11, terrorism has been transformed into an issue of global significance. Terrorism and the war on terror has affected virtually every aspect of modern life, and a precise understanding of terrorism is now more important – and contentious – than ever.

This innovative text provides a much-needed critical introduction to terrorism. Cutting-edge research on contemporary issues is combined with new insights into long-debated issues such as the definition of terrorism, the nature of the terrorist threat and counter-terrorism strategies. Showing that the methods we adopt as well as the material we study are vital for a clear understanding of the subject, this text goes beyond traditional IR approaches to rethink popular beliefs and assumptions about terrorism. Taking a genuinely global and integrated approach, this book is an ideal entry into the study of terrorism.

The text is supported by:

• International case studies from around the world
• A detailed glossary introducing key actors, events and concepts relating to terrorism
• Learning aids to stimulate critical thinking, including discussion questions, further readings and selected web resources
 

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Contents

Critical Approaches to Terrorism Studies
The Cultural Construction of Terrorism
Bringing Gender into the Study of Terrorism
Conceptualizing Terrorism
Reconsidering the Terrorism Threat
Types of Terrorism
Types of Terrorism
Understanding State Terrorism
The Causes of NonState Terrorism
Explaining and understanding suicide bombing
Responding to NonState Terrorism
Assessing the War on Terrorism
Glossary of Terms
References
As a number of studies have shown orthodox terrorism research has in
Index

The politics of terrorism research

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About the author (2011)

RICHARD JACKSON is Deputy Director at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand.

LEE JARVIS is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Swansea University, UK.

JEROEN GUNNING is a Reader in Middle East Politics and Conflict Studies, Durham University, UK. He was founder and deputy director of the Centre for the Study of 'Radicalisation' and Contemporary Political Violence (CSRV) at Aberyswyth University from 2005-2010.

MARIE BREEN-SMYTH is Professor in International Politics, University of Surrey, UK. She was founder and deputy director of the Centre for the Study of 'Radicalisation' and Contemporary Political Violence (CSRV) at Aberyswyth University from 2005-2010.