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Terrorism in Perspective by Susan G. Mahan
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The Second Edition of Terrorism in Perspective offers undergraduate and graduate students a comprehensive overview of global and domestic terrorism. Each chapter is introduced with a rich overview of the issues, actors and actions specific to the topic under discussion, providing students with context prior to articles culled from a wide variety of popular, academic, and governmental sources. These previously published articles were selected to deepen the reader's understanding of terrorism by focusing more intently on specific themes. Chapter topics include homegrown terrorism, international terrorism, female involvement in terrorism, the symbiotic relationship between the media and terrorism, and both conventional and non-conventional terrorist tactics. New to the Second Edition Reorganized to build a foundation from the outset: Starts with more foundational chapters that provide a framework for later discussion of more supplementary terrorism issues. Examines the "what, where, and why" of terrorism: A new chapter (Chapter 1) provides a solid foundation for the rest of the book covering issues related to the definition of terrorism; the quantity, location and type of terrorists' incidents around the globe; and the sociological and criminological theories that help explain terrorism. Provides the most updated and comprehensive coverage of key terrorism topics, including expanded discussion of state-sponsored terrorism: Numerous updated reprinted articles analyzing current events in terrorism, including reprints by Jessica Stern (Chapter 4), Bruce Hoffman (Chapter 4), and Peter Bergen and Alec Reynolds (Chapter 9). Offers a deeper focus on suicide bombing and a greater focus on al-Qaeda.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is Terrorism? Definitions of Terrorism Incidents of Terrorism Motivation Terrorism: The Problem of Definition Revisited by H.H.A. Cooper The Logic of Terrorism: Terrorist Behavior as a Product of Strategic Choice by Martha Crenshaw Chapter 2: History of Terrorism Early Justifications for Terrorism Religious Terrorism: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot State-Sponsored Terrorism: The French Revolution Political Terrorism: Anarchists and the Propaganda by Deed Terrorism and Colonialism: The Philosophy of the Bomb Lessons Learned from History Fear and Trembling: Terrorism in Three Religious Traditions by David C. Rapoport The Spirit of Despotism: Understanding the Tyrant Within by Manfred Kets de Vries Chapter 3: International Terrorism Terrorism Around the World State-Sponsored Terrorism Religious Fanaticism: An Old Trend and a New Threat A Few Infamous Terrorists An Infamous Terrorist Attack: Pan Am Flight 103 The Interaction of Narcotics and Conflict by Svante E. Cornell Mapping Jihadist Terrorism in Spain by Javier Jordan amd Nicola Horsburgh Chapter 4: Terrorist Tactics Around the Globe Children at War Financing Terrorist Networks Conventional Tactics Becoming More Deadly Leaderless Resistance Guidebooks of Terror Tactics The Basics Suicide Terrorism The Logic of Suicide Terrorism by Bruce Hoffman The Ultimate Organization: Networks, Franchises, and Freelancers by Jessica Stern Chapter 5: Homegrown Terrorism in the United States State-Sponsored Terrorism Leftist Class Struggles Anarchists/Ecoterrorists Racial Supremacy Religious Extremists The New Century Political Eschatology: A Theology of Antigovernmental Extremism by Jonathan White Eco-terrorism or Justified Resistance? Radical Environmentalism and the "War on Terror" by Steve Vanderheiden Chapter 6: Media Coverage of Terrorism Media, Law, and Terrorism Irresponsible Reporting Making Martyrs: Terrorists and the Death Penalty Competing Concerns Filling the 24 x 7 News Hole: Television News Coverage Following Sept. 11 by Ian McDonald and Regina Lawrence Terrorism and Censorship: The Media in Chains by Terry Anderson Chapter 7: Women Terrorists The Black Widows of Chechnya Females as Terrorists Roles and Activities for Female Terrorists Two Exceptional Terrorist Groups Two Female Terrorists Ideology and Female Terrorists The Portrayal of Female Terrorists in the Media by Brigette Nacos Women and Organized Racial Terrorism in the United States by Kathleen Blee Chapter 8: Technology and Terrorism CBRNE The Internet and Terrorism Aum Shinrikyo: A Terrorist Cult The Sarin Gas Attacks on the Tokyo Subway - 10 Years Later/Lessons Learned by Randall Beaton, et al. Intelligence Estimates of Nuclear Terrorism by Micah Zenko Chapter 9: Counterterrorism Counterterrorism and Foreign Policy Domestic Counterterrorism Controversial Detentions and Military Tribunals Three Infamous Cases From the U.S. History of Counterterrorism Blowback Revisited by Peter Bergen and Alec Reynolds War vs. Justice: Terrorism, Cases, Enemy Combatants, and Political Justice in U.S. Courts by Christiane Wilke

Author Biography

Pamala L. Griset was an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida; now retired, she is an Adjunct Professor. She received a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany. She was formerly employed as a Deputy Commissioner at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and an assistant to the New York State Director of Criminal Justice. Before turning to the study of terrorism, she authored a book and several articles on determinate sentencing policy, monographs on juvenile detention, and book chapters on various aspects of the administration of justice. Sue Mahan is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Central Florida - Daytona Beach Campus. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Missouri - Columbia and was awarded a Kellogg Fellowship in International Development and a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship to Peru. She is the author of several other books including: Unfit Mothers; Women, Crime and Criminal Justice (with Ralph Weisheit); Crack, Cocaine, Crime and Women; and Beyond the Mafia, as well as journal articles and book chapters about crime and justice. She is working on a book about restorative justice in Colombia, SA based on observations and interviews.
Release date NZ
November 8th, 2007
Country of Publication
United States
2nd Revised edition
Illustrations, maps
SAGE Publications Inc
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