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 volume illustrates the integrated work of seven sociologists to reverse this situation not only for the problem of terrorism but also for any substantive or applied problem. C. Wright Mills in The Sociological Imagination castigated the failure to integrate social science knowledge, and this volume carries forward his 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 volume 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

1. Bernard Phillips, “The Web and Part/Whole Approach to Terrorism.”
2. J.I. (Hans) Bakker, “Terrorist Organizations and Agency.”
3. Bernard Phillips “Terrorism as an Ism.”
4. Adam Rafalovich, “Assessing the Fallout of the Terrorist Moment.”
5. Thomas J. Scheff, “Runaway Nationalism.”
6. Jonathan H. Turner, “The Social Psychology of Terrorism.”
7. Todd Powell-Williams, “Transforming Public Issues into Personal Troubles, and Back Again.”
8. Sandro Segre, “A Theoretical Framework for the Web Approach.”
9. Bernard Phillips, “Connecting the Dots.”

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