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Understanding Terrorism : Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues



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Understanding Terrorism, Fourth Edition, continues toŠoffer a multidisciplinary, comprehensive exploration of contemporary terrorism that helps readers develop the knowledge and skills they need to critically assess terrorism in general and terrorist incidents in particular. The Fourth Edition presents new, updated theories, cases, and incidentsŠas well as new photographs, updated tables, and enhanced graphics. Features and Benefits:Comprehensive Coverage: The book offers a broad multidisciplinary examination of contemporary terrorism that helps contextualize terrorism for students. Its thorough exploration of theory and history from a wide variety of perspectives ensures that readers develop a deep understanding of current state of terrorism.Accessible Style: The author explains theory and provides in-depth analysis in an accessible and engaging manner that helps readers to develop the knowledge and skills they need.Opening Viewpoints: At the beginning of each chapter these boxes present relevant examples of theories and themes that will be discussed in the following chapter Ż grabbing readers√ attention and drawing them into the material that follows.Chapter in Perspective: Chapters incorporate focused presentations in special interest boxes that explore people, events, organizations, and movements that are relevant to the subject matter of each chapter.such as the Mumbai terrorist attacks and the narco-terrorist events in Mexico.Discussion Boxes: Each chapter concludes with discussion boxes that highlight controversial issues and pose challenging questions which stimulate critical thinking and debate.Comprehensive Tables: There is more explanatory material than in comparable books to help students understand the data and information presented in the tables.Wide-ranging Illustration Program: A variety of photos, charts, graphs and maps help students appreciate and understand the events and people covered in the book.Strong support package: More expansive than any other competitive title

Table of Contents

About the Author
Introduction and Rationale
Terrorism: a Conceptual Review
Terrorism: First Impressions
The Nature of teh Beast: Defining Terrorism
Beginnings: The Causes of Terrorism
The Terrorists
Terror From Above: Terrorism by the State
Terror From Below: Terrorism by Dissidents
Violence in the Name of the Faith: Religious Terrorism
Violent Ideologies: Terrorism From the Left and Right
Terrorist Spillovers: International Terrorism
Emerging Terrorist Environments: Gender-Selective Political Violence and Criminal Dissident Terrorism
The Terrorist Trade
Tools of the Trade: Tactics and Targets of Terrorists
The Information Battleground: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media
The American Case: Terrorism in the United States
Securing the Homeland
Counterterrorism: The Options
a New Era: Homeland Security
What Next?: The Future of Terrorism
Map References
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