Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies

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SAGE, 2008 - Political Science - 343 pages
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"Essentials of Terrorism is an ideal anchor textbook for investigating the many aspects of terrorism, political violence, and homeland security. That it is easily adapted to these subjects means that instructors will be able to design a variety of instructional packages around it. In this way, the text is a versatile resource." -SirReadaLot.org



Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies is a comprehensive yet compact resource that provides a thorough introduction to many facets of the world of modern terrorism. This briefer, captivating version of Gus Martin’s popular text Understanding Terrorism, Second Edition is an effective stand-alone textbook for undergraduate classes. It can also be used effectively in conjunction with other resources, such as Martin’s collection of readings The New Era of Terrorism or with other supplemental books or journal articles for an upper-level undergraduate or master’s level audience.


Key Features
Provides a foundation for understanding terrorism: Extensive coverage in Chapter 1 helps readers grasp and define the concept of terrorism; each chapter includes extensive historical background.
• Presents simple, helpful pedagogical aids to bolster learning: Chapter introductions, chapter perspectives, chapter summaries, discussion boxes, and a glossary bring key concepts to life for students.
• Offers engaging coverage of cutting-edge issues: The author addresses contemporary topics, including gender-selective terrorism, media coverage of terrorism issues and related ethical issues, the Internet and terrorism, and religious terrorism. Martin provides additional coverage of the conflict in Iraq to illustrate its impact on international terrorism.
• Includes stimulating illustrative aids: Maps and dramatic photos help show the locations of terrorist activity and the devastation caused by terrorist activity; tables and figures allow readers to conduct valuable comparison research and analysis.


Ancillaries
• A student study site is available containing introductions to journal articles, recommended Web sites, full-text journal articles tied to each chapter, e-flashcards, Web exercises, and more. www.sagepub.com/martinessstudy

• Instructors’ Resources on CD-ROM provide professors with a test bank, maps, PowerPoint presentations, activity and lecture suggestions, and more.


Intended Audience:
This is an excellent text, either alone or with readings or other materials, for undergraduate and graduate courses in Terrorism, Homeland Security, International Security, Criminal Justice Administration, Political Conflict, Armed Conflict, and Social Movements in departments of criminal justice, sociology, and political science. It is also suitable for professionals who require instruction in understanding terrorism.
  

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Contents

Defining Terrorism
2
Understanding Political Extremism
3
Formal and Informal Definitions
6
Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?
11
Chapter Summary
16
Key Terms and Concepts
20
Recommended Readings
21
Historical Perspectives and Ideological Origins
22
Chapter Summary
151
Key Terms and Concepts
152
Recommended Readings
153
Domestic Terrorism in the United States
154
Extremism in America
157
Leftist Terrorism in the United States
161
RightWing Terrorism in the United States
168
Chapter Summary
174

Ideological Origins of Terrorism
26
September 11 2001 and the New Era of Terrorism
37
Chapter Summary
41
Key Terms and Concepts
42
Terrorism on the Web
43
Causes of Terrorist Violence
44
Political Violence as the Fruit of Injustice
45
Political Violence as Strategic Choice
51
The Morality of Political Violence
54
Chapter Summary
60
Key Terms and Concepts
63
Terrorist Environments
65
Terrorism by the State
66
Domestic Terrorism by the State
72
Terrorism as Foreign Policy
81
Chapter Summary
86
Key Terms and Concepts
88
Terrorism on the Web
89
Terrorism by Dissidents
90
Perspectives on Violent Dissent
92
The Practice of Dissident Terrorism
96
Dissidents and the New Terrorism
104
Chapter Summary
107
Key Terms and Concepts
109
Terrorism on the Web
110
Religious Terrorism
111
The Practice of Religious Terrorism
120
Trends and Projections
129
Chapter Summary
130
Key Terms and Concepts
131
Terrorism on the Web
132
International Terrorism
133
Understanding International Terrorism
134
International Terrorist Networks
142
The International Dimension of the New Terrorism
145
Key Terms and Concepts
175
Terrorism on the Web
176
Recommended Readings
177
The Terrorist Battleground
179
Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media
180
Mass Communications and the War for Information
185
Chapter Summary
193
Key Terms and Concepts
195
Recommended Readings
196
Tactics and Targets of Terrorists
197
Understanding Terrorist Objectives
198
The Terrorists Arsenal
201
Terrorist Targets
209
Chapter Summary
215
Key Terms and Concepts
217
Terrorism on the Web
218
Counterterrorism and the War on Terrorism
219
The Use of Force
221
Operations Other Than War
229
Legalistic Responses
237
Chapter Summary
245
Key Terms and Concepts
247
Terrorism on the Web
248
Future Trends and Projections
249
Revisiting the War on Terrorism
260
Chapter Summary
269
Key Terms and Concepts
271
Map References
272
National Intelligence Estimate The Terrorist Threat to the US Homeland
285
Photo Credits
292
Glossary
293
Notes
311
Index
318
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