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"Jenkins (history and religious studies, Pennsylvania State Univ.)… argues that terrorism, like any other problem, is socially constructed… Using historical evidence, Jenkins explains how the public perception of terrorism is constructed through the interaction of bureaucratic agencies, academic and private experts, and the mass media… This is a timely and concisely written book, especially for sociology and political science collections. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels."
—G. B. Osborne, Choice
“As a warning to consumers about the proliferation of post-September 11 theories on terrorism, this book is brilliant. Its “buyer beware” message is welcome and eneded, and the examples used throughout the book of shoddy analysis and “socially-constructed interpretations” are compelling. Jenkins’ book is a wonderful antidote to believing everything printed about terrorism in the press, not to mention government publications and popular books on the subject. It is a plea to see the current focus on this type of political violence within its historical framework and to carefully discern what is “spin” from what is an accurate understanding of the problem…. [T]his is an excellent book. Jenkins’ examination of what happens to the concept of terrorism when it enters the realm of public discourse is fascinating and original. It must be read by anyone who is serious about filtering available information and searching for effective responses to modern terrorism.”
—Audrey Kurth Cronin, Political Science Quarterly
“Philip Jenkins has written a provocative, timely . . . analysis of the social construction of the problem of terrorism. . . . There is much to admire in his analysis. Jenkins demonstrates that the social construction approach can be quite useful as a means to introduce the study of terrorism to students.”
—Michael Stohl, Contemporary Sociology