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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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


Assessing the danger 32
State terrorism
Morality and history 87
Between war and politics 112

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