Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Terrorists
Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Terrorists provides a comprehensive survey of the intersection of radical social movements and political violence.
The book considers eight essential questions for understanding radicalism, including its origins, dynamics, and outcomes. Ranging across the globe from the 1500s to the present, the book examines cases as diverse as nineteenth-century anarchists, the Nazis, Che Guevara, the Weather Underground, Chechen insurgents, the Earth Liberation Front, Al-Qaeda, and the Arab Spring. Throughout, Colin J. Beck connects these cases to key social movements literature to demonstrate how using multiple areas of research results in better explanations.
Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Terrorists is an essential companion for understanding the challenges facing governments and societies today. Its engaging style and original approach make it indispensable for students and scholars across the social sciences who are interested in social movements.
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 149 x 209 x 17mm | 296g
- 24 Aug 2015
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 1. Auflage
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Table of contents
Part I: The Known Knowns
Chapter 1. What is Radicalism?
Chapter 2. Who is Radical?
Chapter 3. How Do Radical Movements Organize?
Chapter 4. When and Where Does Radicalism Occur?
Part II: The Known Unknowns
Chapter 5. Is Radicalism about Ideas and Ideology?
Chapter 6. Is There a Life Cycle of Radicalism?
Chapter 7. How and Why Does Radicalism Diffuse in Waves?
Chapter 8. What is the Past and Future of Radicalism?
Jack A. Goldstone, George Mason University
"A succinct, punchy, well-written, and deeply analytical study on a topic of genuine contemporary significance, Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Terrorists is a powerful corrective to dominant understandings of why individuals become involved in radical, often violent, forms of political action and contestation. Through careful contextualization and synthesis of complementary theoretical and empirical perspectives, and without resort to essentialism or reductionism, the author provides a powerful critical lens for understanding much contemporary political violence. Highly recommended."
Richard Jackson, University of Otago, New Zealand
About Colin J. Beck