Understanding Terrorism

Understanding Terrorism : Threats in an Uncertain World

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For interdisciplinary undergraduate courses on understanding terrorism in Criminology, Political Science, World History, Global Issues, and Contemporary Issues. Also appropriate for courses in Social, Abnormal, and General Psychology. Using an interdisciplinary approach in examining the events of 9/11/2001, this collection of readings provides comprehensive coverage of this date's significance from a number of perspectives, offering in-depth, provocative essays examining subjects ranging from the history of Islam to the future of terrorism, with pedagogical tools that facilitate its use. Introductory paragraphs for each article and the text's introduction offer a framework for the varied chapters; students will learn about economic incentives, contemporary politics of the Middle East, and historical precedents for the use of terrorism.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 176 x 232 x 16mm | 439.98g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0131120980
  • 9780131120983

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"There have been a few 'rushed' publications that have attempted to jump on the 'terrorism bandwagon,' but few have been able to address the issue in the contemporary and comprehensive fashion that these editors have proposed." - James Albrecht, Sam Houston State University "The writing is elegant, meaningful, and provides a level of insight for decision makers who must assist us in living in a world where terrorism is reality." - Tom Phelps, California State University - Sacramento "The editors' selection of the topic areas are very pertinent and appropriate for both the current interest in the topic itself and the intellectual value of studying and analyzing the events leading up to and after 9/11." - John Walsh, Vanderbilt Universityshow more

Table of contents

Introduction. 1. International Terrorism: Historical Context. Islam and the West, Jess Hollenback. Terrorism: It's Origin and History, John Weinzierl. 2. Understanding the Motives and Behavior of Terrorists. Networks of Hate, Tim Kullman, Jim Rodgers. Terrorism, True Believers, and the Attack on Globalization, Sheldon Smith. Economic Implications of Terrorism, Akorlie A. Nyatepe-Coo. Inside the Mind of a Suicide Bomber: Santosh Sivan's The Terrorist, Lalita Pandit. A Philosopher Looks at Terrorism: Evil, Religion, and World Ethics, Eric Kraemer. 3. Institutional and Behavioral Responses to Terrorist Attacks. Media Portrayals of September 11, 2001 and Beyond, Mary M. Step, Ronda L. Knox. Psychological Responses to the Terrorist Attacks, Carmen R. Wilson Van Voorhis. Hate Crime as a Reaction to the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, Kimberly A. Vogt. The Impact of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks on Civil Liberties, Patricia A. Brady. 4. Emerging Trends in International Terrorism. Technology and the Transformation of Terrorism, Jeff Hollenback. Cyberterrorism: A New Reality in the Information Age, Karin A. Best and Kuang-Wei Wen. Bioterrorism: Should I Be Worried?, William Schwan. 5. Conclusion. Terrorism in the 21st Century, H. Matthew Loayza.show more

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