Understanding Terrorism Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues

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ISBN-13: 9781412970594
Edition: 3rd 2010
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List price: $79.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 664
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues, Third Edition offers a comprehensive and complete exploration of the phenomenon of modern terrorist violence. It is a core textbook for undergraduates studying terrorism, homeland security, international security, criminal justice administration, political conflict, armed conflict and social movements. The third edition will delve deeper into homeland security issues, and all elements of the book, including theories, case studies, maps, tables, and pedagogy will be fully updated.

C. Augustus �Gus� Martin is Assistant Vice President for Faculty Affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he is also the former chair of the Department of Public Administration & Public Policy. He has served on the faculty of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, where he was an Administration of Justice professor. His research and professional interests are terrorism and extremism, juvenile justice, administration of justice, and fair housing. He has served as a panelist for university and community symposia and interviews on the subjects of administration of justice, terrorism, and fair housing. He has also been a consultant to government and private agencies. Prior to joining academia, he was a �floor� legislative assistant to Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York and Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, he served as managing attorney for the Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh, where he was also director of a program created under a federal consent decree to desegregate public and assisted housing.

Terrorism: A Conceptual Review
Terrorism: First Impressions
First Considerations
Conceptual Considerations: Understanding Political Violence
Recent Attacks in the United States: Symbolism and Aftermath
Terrorism and Criminal Skill: Three Cases in Point
The Past as Prologue: Historical Perspectives on Terrorism
Chapter Summary
The Nature of the Beast: Defining Terrorism
Understanding Extremism: The Foundation of Terrorism
Defining Terrorism: An Ongoing Debate
A Definitional Problem: Perspectives on Terrorism
The Political Violence Matrix
Chapter Summary
Beginnings: The Causes of Terrorism
Political Violence as the Fruit of Injustice
Political Violence as Strategic Choice
The Morality of Political Violence
Chapter Summary
The Terrorists
Terror From Above: State Terrorism
The State as Terrorist: A State Terrorism Paradigm
Violence Abroad: State Terrorism as Foreign Policy
Violence at Home: State Terrorism as Domestic Policy
The Problem of Accountability: Monitoring State Terrorism
Chapter Summary
Terror From Below: Dissident Terrorism
The Rebel as Terrorist: A Dissident Terrorism Paradigm
Warring Against the State: Antistate Dissident Terrorism
Warring Against a People: Communal Terrorism
Operational Shifts: Dissidents and the New Terrorism
Chapter Summary
Violence in the Name of the Faith: Religious Terrorism
Primary and Secondary Motives: The Idiosyncratic Quality of Religious Terrorism
Historical Cases in Point: Fighting, Dying, and Killing in the Name of the Faith
State-Sponsored Religious Terrorism in the Modern Era
Dissident Religious Terrorism in the Modern Era
The Future of Religious Terrorism
Chapter Summary
Violent Ideologies: Terrorism From the Left and Right
Reactionaries and Radicals: The Classical Ideological Continuum
Left-Wing Ideologies and Activism
Class Struggle and National Liberation: The Terrorist Left
Right-Wing Activism and Extremism
Race and Order: The Terrorist Right
Violent Ideologies in the New Era of Terrorism
Chapter Summary
Terrorist Spillovers: International Terrorism
Defining International Terrorism
Globalized Revolution: Reasons for International Terrorism
Globalized Solidarity: International Terrorist Networks
The International Dimension of the New Terrorism
Postscript: The "Stateless Revolutionaries"
Chapter Summary
Emerging Terrorist Environments: Gender-Selective Political Violence and Criminal Dissident Terrorism
Culture and Conflict: Gender-Selected Victims of Terrorist Violence
Protecting the Enterprise: Criminal Dissident Terrorism
A Global Problem: Regional Cases of Criminal Dissident Terrorism
Chapter Summary
The Terrorist Trade
Tools of the Trade: Tactics and Targets of Terrorists
The Purpose: Terrorist Objectives
The Means: Terrorist Methods
The Focus: Terrorist Targets
The Outcome: Is Terrorism Effective?
Chapter Summary
The Information Battleground: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media
Two Perspectives: The Media and Governments
Exploring the Role of the Media
A New Battleground: The War for the Information High Ground
The Public's Right to Know: Regulating the Media
Chapter Summary
Final Analysis
The American Case: Terrorism in the United States
An Introduction to the American Case
Background to Terrorism: Leftist Activism and Ideological Extremism in America
Left-Wing Terrorism in the United States
Background to Terrorism: Rightist Activism and Ideological Extremism in America
Right-Wing Terrorism in the United States
International Terrorism in the United States
Chapter Summary
Responding to Terror: The Options
Background: The Scope of Options
Warlike Operations: Counterterrorism and the Use of Force
Operations Other Than War: Repressive Options
Operations Other Than War: Conciliatory Options
Applying the Rule of Law: Legalistic Options
Chapter Summary
What Next? The Future of Terrorism
An Overview of Near-Term Projections
The Future of Terrorism: New Threats
Controlling Terrorism: New Challenges
Prospects for Terrorism in the United States
Chapter Summary
Map References
Historical Examples
Glossary

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