Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues

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SAGE, 2010 - Social Science - 540 pages

As in previous editions, Understanding Terrorism, Third Edition offers a multi-disciplinary, 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 Third Edition offers new, updated theories and cases, covers homeland security in the opening chapter and throughout the book, offers a consolidated discussion of ideological terrorism, and offers new photographs, updated tables, enhanced graphics and a new two-color design.

Key Features

  • Provides a “one-stop shop” for understanding terrorism, emphasizing contextual analysis and multiple perspectives
  • Offers new or expanded case studies and profiles, covering such topics as the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, women as terrorists, events in Zimbabwe, the Palestinian movement and other religious terrorism, the death of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Hezbollah, FARC (including the Betancourt operation), recent narco-terrorist events in Mexico, and terrorist profiles of Leila Khaled and Abu Nidal
  • Includes “Opening Viewpoints” at the beginning of each chapter with relevant examples to introduce readers to the themes and theories in the discussion that follows
  • Updated throughout with new Chapter Perspectives, Cases in Point, photos, literature references, recommended readings, web exercises, and recommended web pages
  • Ends each chapter with “Discussion Boxes” that provide controversial information, along critical thinking questions to stimulate classroom discussions
 

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Contents

A CONCEPTUAL REVIEW
1
DefiningTerrorism
35
Chapter Summary
56
The Causes ofTerrorism
63
THETERRORISTS
97
THE THREAT FROM WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND THE IRAQ CASE
116
DissidentTerrorism
140
ReligiousTerrorism
170
KeyTerms and Concepts
330
THETERRORISTTRADE
335
Tactics andTargets ofTerrorists
336
TerroristViolence
380
FINAL ANALYSIS
409
The Options
461
What Next?The Future ofTerrorism
511
Map References A1
541

CHAPTER PERSPECTIVE 6 3 HOLOCAUST DENIAL
179
Terrorism From the Left and Right
208
InternationalTerrorism
267
PoliticalViolence and Criminal DissidentTerrorism
303
Historical Examples B1
555
Map References A1
1
Credits C1
25
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