Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues / Edition 4

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Overview

The Fourth Edition of Gus Martin’s Understanding Terrorism, once again offers a multidisciplinary, comprehensive exploration of contemporary terrorism that helps readers develop the knowledge and skills they need to critically assess terrorism in general and terrorist incidents in particular. The Fourth Edition presents new, updated theories, cases, and incidents as well as new photographs, updated tables, and enhanced graphics. An entirely new chapter is devoted to homeland security in the United States and Europe.
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Editorial Reviews

CALIFORNIA BOOKWATCH

The updated Second Edition of Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues is an excellent purchase for both college-level reference holdings and for assigned reading for college-level courses on social issues. Added here is a new chapter on religious terrorism, reviews of new material on gender terrorism and criminal businesses, updates on pedagogy, and a format which includes test questions, amps from the book, and more on both a CD-ROM and an accompanying web site. Plenty of examples from events around the world pepper surveys which cover the politics, economics, and social foundations of international terrorist experiences.

Dr. Joshua Sinai
"Gus Martin's Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues is the best stand alone comprehensive textbook for university courses. Its 696 pages cover the spectrum of all issues involved in studying terrorism . . . Each chapter is organized pedagogically, with opposing viewpoints and issues for classroom discussion."
Major General Jack A. Davis
"Understanding Terrorism sets the standard as a textbook and baseline for anyone who desires to increase their real world knowledge of terrorism. It is an enlightening piece to a most difficult puzzle."
Fore Word
"Gus Martin's Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues (Second Edition) is one of the finest stand-alone, comprehensive textbooks for university courses. Each chapter is organized pedagogically, with opposing viewpoints and issues for classroom discussion. "— Joshua Sinai
Frank Hagan

"I am very favorably impressed with this book. The author is well informed and an excellent writer. The recommended readings, Web sites, boxes, tables and the like provide very attractive features. There is an abundance of very good historical and current examples. I would adopt this book for my courses and look forward to its publication."

California Bookwatch
The updated Second Edition of Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues is an excellent purchase for both college-level reference holdings and for assigned reading for college-level courses on social issues. Added here is a new chapter on religious terrorism, reviews of new material on gender terrorism and criminal businesses, updates on pedagogy, and a format which includes test questions, amps from the book, and more on both a CD-ROM and an accompanying web site. Plenty of examples from events around the world pepper surveys which cover the politics, economics, and social foundations of international terrorist experiences.
Maryann Batsakis
"The best stand-alone text for university courses."
ForeWord - Joshua Sinai
"Gus Martin's Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues (Second Edition) is one of the finest stand-alone, comprehensive textbooks for university courses. Each chapter is organized pedagogically, with opposing viewpoints and issues for classroom discussion."
Major General - Jack A. Davis
"Understanding Terrorism sets the standard as a textbook and baseline for anyone who desires to increase their real world knowledge of terrorism. It is an enlightening piece to a most difficult puzzle. "
Timothy N. Cash
"Let me say that this book is one of the most comprehensive works on the matter that I have ever had the pleasure of reading."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452205823
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 200,191
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Augustus “Gus” Martin is Associate Vice President for Human Resources Management at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he regularly teaches a course on the subject of terrorism and extremism. He has also served as Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration and Public Policy, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs, as well as chair of the Department of Public Administration & Public Policy. He began his academic career as a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, where he was a professor of administration of justice. He has served as a panelist for university and community symposia on the subjects of administration of justice, terrorism, and fair housing, and has also consulted for governmental and private agencies. He is author of several books on the subject of terrorism, including The SAGE Encyclopedia of Terrorism, Second Edition; Terrorism and Homeland Security; Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies; and The New Era of Terrorism: Selected Readings. His current research and professional interests include terrorism and extremism, administration of justice, juvenile justice, and fair housing.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Acknowledgments
Introduction and Rationale
Part I. Terrorism: A Conceptual Review
1. Terrorism: First Impressions
2. The Nature of the Beast: Defining Terrorism
3. Beginnings: The Causes of Terrorism
Part II. The Terrorists
4. Terror From Above: Terrorism by the State
5. Terror From Below: Terrorism by Dissidents
6. Violence in the Name of the Faith: Religious Terrorism
7. Violent Ideologies: Terrorism From the Left and Right
8. Terrorist Spillovers: International Terrorism
9. Emerging Terrorist Environments: Gender-Selective Political Violence and Criminal Dissident Terrorism
Part III. The Terrorist Trade and Counterterrorism
10. Tools of the Trade: Tactics and Targets of Terrorists
11. The Information Battleground: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media
12. The American Case: Terrorism in the United States
Part IV. Securing the Homeland
13. Counterterrorism: The Options
14. A New Era: Homeland Security
15. What Next? The Future of Terrorism
Appendix A: Map References
Glossary
Index
Photo Credits
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