Understanding Terrorism: Building on the Sociological Imagination

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Overview

Two fundamental problems within the social sciences are the failure to integrate the existing segments of knowledge and a very limited ability to point out directions for solving social problems, given that lack of integrated knowledge.

This book illustrates the integrated work of seven sociologists to reverse this situation not only for the problem of terrorism but also for any social problem. C. Wright Mills in The Sociological Imagination castigated the failure to integrate social science knowledge. This book carries forward his path-breaking efforts to analyze human complexity.

To understand and confront terrorism we require not only the integration of social science knowledge bearing on that problem, as illustrated by these authors. We also require the integration of that knowledge with the understanding of those on the front lines in order to connect the dots of specialized basic and applied knowledge, which this new book makes possible.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594513749
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Series: The Sociological Imagination
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Phillips taught at the University of North Carolina and Illinois before teaching at Boston University. He is author most recently of Armageddon or Evolution? The Scientific Method and Escalating World Problems (Paradigm 2008).
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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction     1
The Web and Part/Whole Approach to Terrorism   Bernard Phillips     8
Understanding Terrorism     35
Terrorist Organizations and Agency: A Comparative-Historical Approach   J. I. (Hans) Bakker     37
Terrorism as an "Ism": Toward an Interactive versus a Stratified Metaphysics   Bernard Phillips     61
Assessing the Fallout of the Terrorist Moment: Anomie and the Fractured American Weltanschauung, Adam Rafalovich     73
Runaway Nationalism: Alienation, Shame, and Anger   Thomas J. Scheff     93
The Social Psychology of Terrorism   Jonathan H. Turner     115
The Post-September 11 Rhetorical Constructions of Terrorism: Applying the Web and Part/Whole Approach to Make Sense of the "Senseless"   Todd Powell-Williams     146
Connecting the Dots     175
On the Relationship of the Web Approach to Some Theoretical Perspectives   Sandro Segre     177
Response to Segre's Analysis   Bernard Phillips     187
Conclusions and Recommendations   Bernard Phillips     190
About the Editor     210
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