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Terrorism and Political Violence

Terrorism and Political Violence

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February 2015 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book introduces you to the key issues in contemporary studies on Terrorism. Its interdisciplinary approach provides a unique intellectual rigour which introduces readers to cutting-edge research.

Bringing together chapters contributed by members of the Terrorism and Political Violence Association network, it offers an insight into a variety of traditional and critical perspectives. It also equips Undergraduate and Postgraduate students with the study skills needed to succeed in coursework and assignments, especially dissertation work.


Drawing on the expertise of TAPVA members, this book:

  • Explores contemporary issues, such as drone warfare, state violence, children and political violence, cyber-terrorism and de-radicalisation.
  • Features case studies drawn from a range of international examples, lists of further reading, key concepts and questions for use in seminars and private study.
  • Provides you with study skills content designed to help you complete your dissertation.

This is the perfect textbook to guide you through your studies in terrorism, political violence, international security and strategic studies.

Simon Mabon
Locating Terrorism Studies
Gilberto Algar-Faria
Terrorism and Ethics
Pola Zafra-Davis
A History of Terrorism: Ideology, Tactics and Organization
Lee Jarvis and Stuart McDonald
Defining Cyberterrorism
Marie Breen-Smyth and Samantha Cooke
Essay 1: A Critical Approach: Violence, ‘Victims’ and ‘Innocents’
James Lutz
Essay 2: A Critical View of Critical Terrorism Studies
Michael Stohl
Essay 3: The Global War on Terror and State Terrorism
Nina Musgrave
The 'Root Causes' of Terrorism
Nicole Ives-Allison
Supporting Terrorism
Cristina Archetti
Terrorism, Communication and the Media
Caroline Kennedy-Pipe
Essay 4: IEDs, Martyrs, Civil Wars, and Terrorists
Bill Braniff and Assaf Moghadam
Essay 5: Towards Global Jihadism
Dov Waxman
Essay 6: Living with Terror, not Living in Terror: The Impact of Chronic Terrorism on Israeli Society
Sarah Marsden
How Terrorism Ends
Sophie Whiting
Conflict Resolution and Terrorists as Spoilers
Paul Gill, Noemie Bouhana and John Morrison
Individual Disengagement from Terrorist Groups
Gordon Clubb
Essay 7: De-Radicalization, Disengagement and the Attitudes-Behavior Debate
Michael Boyle
Essay 8: Drone Warfare
Terry Hathaway
Resource 1: Study Skills for Dissertations, Essays and Exams
Adam Dolnik
Resource 2: Conducting Field Research on Terrorism

This edited volume represents a collection of contributions from highly experienced academics to those at the beginning of their academic career. It covers a very broad spectrum of topics concerning terrorism and political violence, from a multitude of theoretical concepts, tactics and positioning, from how terrorism emerges through to how it ends, and how to approach the study and research of the topics. The book represents a rare opportunity for an all-in-one, up-to-date and informative source on these aspects that impact upon our contemporary lives, which makes it an invaluable source for many – researchers and students through to those with an interest in the matter.

Dr. Greg Simons
Uppsala University and Swedish National Defence College

This volume provides an illuminating overview of the challenges of teaching and learning about terrorism and political violence. It engages with the causes, dynamics and context of violence and brings theoretical depth to the topic in multiple perspectives. Written in an accessible style, this book is an ideal companion for students of political violence and terrorism studies.

Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet
Lecturer, University of Manchester

This is a very good book and can highly be recommended for the students of terrorism studies.

Mr Ikrom Yakubov
Department of Politics, Dundee University
November 13, 2015

This is a great book and I'm happy to include it on my reading lists for a module on conflict resolution. It deals with political violence in ways that are outside the usual political science approaches and offers an invaluable set of cases that broaden the way students understand what's happening.

Dr Stephen M Lyon
Department of Anthropology, Durham University
December 8, 2015

This is a great book and I'm happy to include it on my reading lists for a module on conflict resolution. It deals with a fairly narrow range of political violence, however, so it probably isn't going to be one of the 5 or 6 books that I recommend students buy to help them with the entire module.

Dr Stephen M Lyon
Department of Anthropology, Durham University
December 8, 2015

This is a very useful book for my anthropology of conflict and anthropology of politics modules. It provides a valuable interface between the more legalistic/political science approaches and the anthropological approaches that we deal with more commonly.

Dr Stephen M Lyon
Department of Anthropology, Durham University
December 8, 2015

This is an excellent textbook, and, in fact, I am going to switch from using many different sources, book chapters etc. to structuring my course around the textbook. What I particularly liked was the fact that this doesn't mean that I have to revamp the course, since most of the topics addressed in my classes so far are covered by the book, in a condensed yet substantial manner. Students will like it! I already ordered a couple of copies for our university's library, and I will strongly recommend to the students that this is a book they could (and 'should') buy. (However, I know that students today are rather reluctant as regards investing money in books... and, besides, the course is 'only' 2 CPs worth...)

Professor Alexander Brand
Society & Economics, Rhine-Waal University
June 23, 2015

The course being taught at Level 6 to final year students at CCCU is Terrorism and Political Violence so this is especially timely and relevant.

I enjoyed the book and thought it well-written and wide-ranging.


Dr Bryn Caless
Centre for Crime and Police Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
June 14, 2015

A key text in the study of terrorism

Dr Richard Wild
Architecture, Computing & Humanities, Greenwich University
June 10, 2015

An excellent 3 part introduction to terrorism studies that will be highly recommended to students. This book links with my module clearly and will be much used.

Professor Jonathan Parker
Society and Social Welfare, Bournemouth University
June 10, 2015

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