Terrorism and the Politics of Social Change: A Durkheimian Analysis

Terrorism and the Politics of Social Change: A Durkheimian Analysis

by James Dingley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0754678229

ISBN-13: 9780754678229

Pub. Date: 06/01/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Terrorism and political violence have invariably accompanied the progressive modernization of states; a socio-cultural reaction to the problems of social change and development. To understand this phenomenon, it is necessary to consider the nature of traditional society and how it differs from modernity. Starting with a basic history of modern terrorism, James Dingley

Overview

Terrorism and political violence have invariably accompanied the progressive modernization of states; a socio-cultural reaction to the problems of social change and development. To understand this phenomenon, it is necessary to consider the nature of traditional society and how it differs from modernity. Starting with a basic history of modern terrorism, James Dingley uses a Durkheimian sociological framework to dissect the role of social relations, culture and religion in impelling men and women to defend their socio-cultural context with violence against the challenge of external forces. Placing emphasis on a historical and social understanding of violence and key issues such as nationalism, religion, science, the Enlightenment and Romanticism for understanding terrorism in all its forms, this book allows for a more critical examination of terrorism as a response to changes in the organization and cultural goals in a society. It is a decisive contribution to our understanding of the political and social relevance of terrorism as we know and experience it today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754678229
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Introduction; War and violence: understanding the breeds; Terrorism: understanding the heavens; The heavens described; Making the man—terrorism charted and defined; Terrorism in the modern world; Durkheim, sociology and understanding terrorism; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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