Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues

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SAGE, Feb 17, 2006 - Political Science - 563 pages
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Praise for the First Edition:

`I am very favorably impressed with this book. The author is well informed and an excellent writer. The recommended readings, Web sites, boxes, tables and the like provide very attractive features. There is an abundance of very good historical and current examples. I would adopt this book for my courses and look forward to its publication' - Frank Hagan, Mercyhurst College

Understanding Terrorism, Second Edition, is a uniquely comprehensive exploration of contemporary terrorism, suitable for professional as well as for academic courses of instruction. It incorporates key topics as well as discussion boxes and Web exercises intended to stimulate critical thinking in readers - a true "one-stop shop" for gaining an understanding of the field.

New to the Second Edition:

- new chapters on religious terrorism, a consolidated chapter on ideological terrorism, and a new chapter on two cutting-edge topics: gender-focused political violence and the nexus between criminal enterprises and terrorist violence;

- a resource Website devoted to the book to enhance learning;

- introductory `opening viewpoints in each chapter to give an overview of the concepts explored within.

Understanding Terrorism is one of the first core studies on the subject of terrorism, offering a comprehensive review of the events, ideas, motivations and histories that result in terrorist activity, as well as an examination of the theories helping to explain such activity.

  

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About the author (2006)

C. Augustus “Gus” Martin is Associate Vice President for Human Resources Management at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he regularly teaches a course on the subject of terrorism and extremism. He has also served as Acting Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration and Public Policy, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs, and Chair of the Department of Public Administration & Public Policy. He began his academic career as a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, where he was an Administration of Justice professor. His current research and professional interests are terrorism and extremism, homeland security, administration of justice, and juvenile justice.

Dr. Martin is author of several books on the subjects of terrorism and homeland security, including Understanding Homeland Security; Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues; The SAGE Encyclopedia of Terrorism, Second Edition (SAGE Publications, 2011); Terrorism and Homeland Security (SAGE Publications, 2011); Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies (SAGE Publications, 2011); and The New Era of Terrorism: Selected Readings (SAGE Publications, 2004). He is also author of Juvenile Justice: Process and Systems.

Prior to joining academia, Dr. Martin 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. He was also Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the U.S. Virgin Islands on the island of St. Thomas. As Special Counsel he occupied a personal and confidential position in the central office of Department of Justice; sat as hearing officer for disciplinary hearings and departmental grievances; served as chair of the drug policy committee; served as liaison to the intergovernmental Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee as well as to the Narcotics Strike Force; and provided daily legal and policy advice to the Attorney General. Prior to serving as Special Counsel, he was a “floor” Legislative Assistant to Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York. As Legislative Assistant, he researched, evaluated and drafted legislation in areas of foreign policy, foreign aid, human rights, housing, education, social services and poverty; he also drafted House floor statements, Congressional Record inserts, press releases, and news articles; and he composed speeches, briefing materials and legislative correspondence.

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