Terrorism : Research, Readings and Realities

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For undergraduate/graduate courses in Terrorism, Violence, Violence and Terrorism, and in departments of Political Science and Criminal Justice. Written by a variety of experts on terrorism and extremism, this volume contains original, cutting-edge essays that cover multiple aspects of these subjects and illuminate the significant developments and trends taking place in the field. This reader also examines some important case studies, and offers new insights into topics of growing concern and pressing importance.
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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 172.7 x 228.6 x 17.8mm | 589.68g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0131173731
  • 9780131173736

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"I generally think the text would be a valuable resource for my students and wouldn't hesitate to assign it in my next ...class." - John J. Mason, Upper Iowa University "There are few manuscripts currently on the market for the beginning or intermediate researcher of terrorism. This could certainly fill the gap." - .D. Andrews, Missouri Western State College "I consider this book a 'perfect fit' for terrorism courses in criminal justice, law enforcement and political science departments..." - Tom Molumby, West Illinois University
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About Lynne L. Snowden

Lynne L. Snowden, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has published three books, Collective Violence (Allyn & Bacon) and Preventing Terrorism, 1st and 2nd eds (2002 & 2003) and numerous journal articles on violence, terrorism, policing, and other related topics. Dr. Snowden began her study of group violence and risk assessment when she worked with Dr. Henry Quarantelli at the Disaster Research Center of the University of Delaware, where she earned her doctorate. The extensive library of collective-violence topics, such as riots, rebellions, and cult behavior, and field data collected by Center researchers during the turbulent 60s on riots and anti-war protests helped her to develop a course on terrorism, cults, and hate groups that she continues to teach yearly. Recently her interest broadened to the study of homeland security since the topic combines her research in illegal migration, risk assessment of violent groups, and policing issues. Bradley C. Whitsel, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His research interests include terrorism, religion and politics, and cults/alternative religions. In addition to his journal publications in these areas, he has written a book on a major North American new religious movement, The Church Universal and Triumphant (Syracuse University Press, 2003). He is presently researching radical political and social movements at the University of Kansas Wilcox Collection for a new project on historic anti-statist groups in the United States.
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Terrorism: Research, Readings, and Realities contains original essays on both established and unusual aspects of terrorist studies by over 30 scholars and authorities from a range of fields including criminal justice, political science, sociology, history, law enforcement, and public policy. Using both a case study and conceptual approach, Terrorism: Research, Readings, and Realities provides the reader with a variety of historical, theoretical and descriptive explorations of timely, controversial subjects. The breadth and diversity of these researched essays and the inclusion of many new contributions on compelling issues make the volume a perfect fit for the instructor and student of courses on terrorism and extremism.
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Table of contents

I. INTRODUCTION. II. DOMESTIC TERRORISM. 1. Identity and the Terrorist Threat: An Interpretive and Explanatory Model, Michael P. Arena and Bruce A. Arrigo. 2. The Changing Face of American Terrorism, Sarah H. Corley, Brent L. Smith, and Kelly Damphousse. 3. Federal Programs and their Potential to Provoke Political Violence: The Transportation Program for Yucca Mountain and Terrorist Adversaries, Lawrence Becker and James David Ballard. 4. The Diplomacy of Counterterrorism: Lessons Learned, Ignored, and Disputed, Audrey Kurth Cronin. 5. Implementing "Justice" through Terror and Destruction: Eco-terror's Violent Agenda to "Save" Nature, Kelly Stoner and Gary Perlstein. III. INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM. 6. Islamic Extremists: How Do They Mobilize Support? Judy Barsalou. 7. Analysis of Organizational Characteristics for Groups Who Would Use Radiological Weapons of Mass Destruction, Dominic Little and James David Ballard. 8. Steganography and Terrorism: An Introduction to Data Hiding and Its Use in Terrorist Activities, Robert Moore and Darin Walker. 9. Interpol and the Policing of International Terrorism: Developments and Dynamics since September 11, Matthieu DeFlem and Lindsay C. Maybin. IV. CULTIC TERRORISM. 10. The IHR and Holocaust Denial, David C. Lobb.11. Catastrophic New Age Groups and Public Order, Bradley C. Whitsel.12. Yesterday's News? The WMD Terrorism Threat Today, James O. Ellis, III.13. Project Megiddo Excerpt, The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.V. ATAVISTIC TERRORISM. 14. Zealous before the Lord: The Construction of the Christian Identity Theology, Adam L. Silverman. 15. Security Threat Groups: The Threat Posed by White Supremacist Organizations, Lt. Gregory W. Etter, Sr. 16. Leaderless Resistance: Are Terrorist Groups a Thing of the Past? Lynne L. Snowden. 17. Extremism in the Military: The Burmeister Case and Policy Response, Col. George E. Reed. 18. Rural Radical Religion: Christian Identity and Covenant Community Militias, Chester L. Quarles. VI. CONCLUSION. 19. Planning for Campus Security after 9/11: One University's Experience, Max L. Bromley.20. Post 9/11: Are We Really Safer Now? Jeffrey Ian Ross. Index.
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