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Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies / Edition 4

Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies / Edition 4

by Gus Martin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506330976
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 288,781
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

C. Augustus “Gus” Martin is a Professor of Criminal Justice Administration 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 Vice President for Human Resources Management, acting Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration and Public Policy, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs, and Chair of the Department of Public Administration and 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 an Administration of Justice professor. His current research and professional interests are terrorism and extremism, homeland security, administration of justice, and juvenile justice.

Dr. Martin is author of several books on the subjects of terrorism and homeland security, including Understanding Homeland Security (SAGE Publications, 2017); Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies (SAGE Publications, 2017);The SAGE Encyclopedia of Terrorism, Second Edition (SAGE Publications, 2011); Terrorism and Homeland Security (SAGE Publications, 2011); and The New Era of Terrorism: Selected Readings (SAGE Publications, 2004). He is also author of Juvenile Justice: Process and Systems (SAGE Publications, 2005).

Prior to joining academia, Dr. Martin served as Managing Attorney for the Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh, where he was also director of a program created under a federal court-mandated consent decree to desegregate public and assisted housing. He was also Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the U.S. Virgin Islands on the island of St. Thomas. As Special Counsel he occupied a personal and confidential position in the central office of the Department of Justice; sat as hearing officer for disciplinary hearings and departmental grievances; served as chair of the drug policy committee; served as liaison to the intergovernmental Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee as well as to the Narcotics Strike Force; and provided daily legal and policy advice to the Attorney General. Prior to serving as Special Counsel, he was a “floor” Legislative Assistant to Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York. As Legislative Assistant, he researched, evaluated, and drafted legislation in areas of foreign policy, foreign aid, human rights, housing, education, social services, and poverty. He also drafted House floor statements, Congressional Record inserts, press releases, and news articles, and composed speeches, briefing materials, and legislative correspondence.

Table of Contents

PART I. Understanding Terrorism: A Conceptual Review
CHAPTER 1. Defining Terrorism
Understanding Political Extremism
Formal and Informal Definitions
Understanding Terrorist Objectives
Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?
The Political Violence Matrix
CHAPTER 2. Historical Perspectives and Ideological Origins
Historical Perspectives on Terrorism
Ideological Origins of Terrorism
September 11, 2001, and the New Era of Terrorism
CHAPTER 3. Causes of Terrorist Violence
Political Violence as the Fruit of Injustice
Political Violence as Strategic Choice
Moral Justifications for Political Violence
CHAPTER 4. Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media
Understanding the Role of the Media
A New Battleground: The War for the Information
PART II: Terrorist Environments
CHAPTER 5. Terrorism by the State
Perspectives on Terrorism by Governments
Domestic Terrorism by the State
Terrorism as Foreign Policy
CHAPTER 6. Terrorism by Dissidents
Perspectives on Violent Dissent
The Practice of Dissident Terrorism
Terrorist Targets and Weapons
Dissidents and the New Terrorism
CHAPTER 7. Religious Terrorism
Historical Perspectives on Religious Violence
The Practice of Religious Terrorism
Trends and Projections
CHAPTER 8. International Terrorism
Understanding International Terrorism
International Terrorist Networks
The International Dimension of the New Terrorism
CHAPTER 9. Domestic Terrorism in the United States
Left-Wing Extremism in the United States
Left-Wing Terrorism in the United States
Right-Wing Extremism in the United States
Right-Wing Terrorism in the United States
PART III: The Terrorist Battleground
CHAPTER 10. Counterterrorism and the War on Terrorism
The Use of Force
Operations Other Than War: Repressive Options
Operations Other Than War: Conciliatory Options
Legalistic Responses
CHAPTER 11. Homeland Security
Homeland Security in Perspective
Homeland Security in the United States
Civil Liberties and Securing the Homeland
CHAPTER 12. Future Trends and Projections
What Does the Future Hold?
Revisiting the War on Terrorism

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