Contemporary Debates on Terrorism

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Contemporary Debates on Terrorism is an innovative textbook, addressing a number of key issues in terrorism studies from both traditional and 'critical' perspectives. This second edition has been fully revised and updated to cover such contemporary issues such as the rise of ISL and cyber-terrorism. In recent years, the terrorism studies field has grown in quantity and quality, with a growing number of scholars rooted in various professional disciplines beginning to debate the complex dynamics underlying this category of violence. Within the broader field, there are a number of identifiable controversies and questions which divide scholarly opinion and generate opposing arguments. These relate to theoretical issues, such as the definition of terrorism and state terrorism, substantive issues like the threat posed by al Qaeda/ISL and the utility of different responses to terrorism, different pathways leading people to engage in terrorist tactics, and ethical issues such as the use of drones. This new edition brings together in one place many of the field's leading scholars to debate the key issues relating a set of 14 important controversies and questions. The format of the volume involves a leading scholar taking a particular position on the controversy, followed by an opposing or alternative viewpoint written by another scholar. In addition to the pedagogic value of allowing students to read opposing arguments in one place, the volume will also be important for providing an overview of the state of the field and its key lines of debate This book will be essential reading for students of terrorism studies and political violence, critical terrorism studies, security studies and IR in more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 174 x 246mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 1 black & white tables
  • 1138931365
  • 9781138931367
  • 2,248,010

About Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson is Deputy Director at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Otago University, New Zealand. He is the founding editor of the Routledge journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism and co-editor of the Routledge Critical Terrorism Studies book series. He is author/editor of six books on terrorism and conflict issues and one novel. Daniela Pisoiu is a Researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, the University of Hamburg, Germany. She is author of three books, inlcuding the forthcoming Theories of Terrorism (Routlege 2016).show more

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: Approaches to Terrorism 1.Is Terrorism Still a Useful Analytical Term or Should it be Abandoned? 2. Is Critical Terrorism Studies a Necessary and Useful Approach for the Study of Terrorism? Part II: Categories of terrorism 3. Is There a 'New Terrorism' in Existence Today? 4. Can States be Terrorists? Part III: The Terrorism Threat 5. Is Terrorism a Serious Threat to International and National Security? 6. Is WMD Terrorism a Likely Prospect in the Future? 7. Is Cyber-terrorism a Real Threat? 8. Are Returning Foreign Fighters Future Terrorists? Part IV: The Causes of terrorism 9. Is Terrorism the Result of Root Causes such as Poverty and Exclusion? 10. Is Religious Extremism a Major Cause of Terrorism? Part V: Dealing with Terrorism 11. Are Counter-Terrorism Frameworks Based on Suppression and Military Force Effective in Responding to Terrorism? 12. Are Drones an Effective Response to Terrorism? 13. Is Counter-radicalization an Effective Counterterrorist Tool? 14. Have Global Efforts to Reduce Terrorism and Political Violence been Effective in the Past Decade?show more