The No-nonsense Guide to Terrorism

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Verso, 2003 - Political Science - 144 pages
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Since the events of September 11, 2001, the uses of the word terrorism seem to have multiplied, and it has never been clearer that one person's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. The No-Nonsense Guide to Terrorism looks at debates about September 11 and the responses to it, but also analyses the causes and contexts of terrorism the world over. Jonathan Barker provides a highly accessible historical sketch of terrorism, looking at core examples from the Middle East, instances of state terrorism, and the existence of a terrorist fringe to political movements such as anti-apartheid. He guides readers through the moral and political theories justifying and guiding terrorist acts and draws attention to the battle of images and ideas that accompanies them. The book moves away from moral judgements, demonstrating how social analysts and psychologists view the dynamics of terrorism. Furthermore it examines the consequences of terrorist acts for popular politics.
  

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The No-Nonsense Guide to Terrorism

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This thorough primer will probably appeal more to readers of Gore Vidal and Noam Chomsky than to readers of more mainstream analysts of current affairs. Barker, a writer and researcher who taught ... Read full review

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One of the new Internationalist guides. An interesting look at some of the issues surrounding both group and state terrorism - could have been written in a bit a livelier style. it was a bit dry, and ... Read full review

Contents

CONTENTS
8
Assessing the danger 32
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State terrorism
61
Morality and history 87
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Between war and politics 112
5
Contacts
141
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Jonathan Barker taught political science at the University of Toronto for many years; he has also taught at the University of Dar es Salaam and the University of Arizona.

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