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Understanding Terrorism
Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues

Fifth Edition
  • Gus Martin - California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA
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February 2015 | 560 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues 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. The Fifth Edition has been comprehensively updated with new information on terrorist incidents, evolving terrorist environments, and emerging perspectives on counterterrorism and security. Author Gus Martin provides a fresh analysis of violent extremism throughout, with discussions of both international and domestic challenges and options. Focused discussion is provided on contemporary threats, new movements and tendencies, and the effectiveness of responses to these scenarios. Profiles are provided of prominent individuals, including updated information on longstanding extremist personalities. Discussion of policies and responses to terrorist environments has been augmented to include new perspectives on counterterrorist options, comparisons of domestic and international scenarios, and the contexts of promoting regional and national security. The effectiveness of policy options is discussed within the contexts of international threat scenarios, as well as domestic scenarios, including regional security challenges and responses.
 
Part I: Terrorism: A Conceptual Review
 
Chapter 1: Terrorism: First Impressions
First Considerations

 
Conceptual Considerations: Understanding Political Violence

 
The Past as Prologue: Historical Perspectives on Terrorism

 
Terrorism and Criminal Skill: Three Cases from the Modern Era

 
 
Chapter 2: The Nature of the Beast: Defining Terrorism
Understanding Extremism: The Foundation of Terrorism

 
Defining Terrorism: An Ongoing Debate

 
A Definitional Problem: Perspectives on Terrorism

 
The Political Violence Matrix

 
 
Chapter 3: Beginnings: The Causes of Terrorism
Political Violence as the Fruit of Injustice

 
Political Violence as Strategic Choice

 
Moral Justifications for Political Violence

 
Moral Convictions of Terrorists

 
 
Part II: The Terrorists
 
Chapter 4: Terror From Above: Terrorism by the State
The State as Terrorist: A State Terrorism Paradigm

 
Violence Abroad: Terrorism as Foreign Policy

 
Violence at Home: Terrorism as Domestic Policy

 
The Problem of Accountability: Monitoring State Terrorism

 
 
Chapter 5: Terror From Below: Terrorism by Dissidents
The Rebel as Terrorist: A Dissident Terrorism Paradigm

 
Warring Against the State: Antistate Dissident Terrorism

 
Warring Against a People: Communal Terrorism

 
Operational Shifts: Dissidents and the New Terrorism

 
 
Chapter 6: Violence in the Name of the Faith: Religious Terrorism
Primary and Secondary Motives: The Idiosyncratic Quality of Religious Terrorism

 
Historical Cases in Point: Fighting, Dying, and Killing in the Name of the Faith

 
State-Sponsored Religious Terrorism in the Modern Era

 
Dissident Religious Terrorism in the Modern Era

 
The Future of Religious Terrorism

 
 
Chapter 7: Violent Ideologies: Terrorism From the Left and Right
Reactionaries and Radicals: The Classical Ideological Continuum

 
Left-Wing Ideologies and Activism

 
Class Struggle and National Liberation: The Terrorist Left

 
Right-Wing Activism and Extremism

 
Race and Order: The Terrorist Right

 
Violent Ideologies in the New Era of Terrorism

 
 
Chapter 8: Terrorist Spillovers: International Terrorism
Defining International Terrorism

 
Globalized Revolution: Reasons for International Terrorism

 
Globalized Solidarity: International Terrorist Networks

 
The International Dimension of the New Terrorism

 
Postscript: The “Stateless Revolutionaries”

 
 
Chapter 9: Emerging Terrorist Environments: Gender-Selective Political Violence and Criminal Dissident Terrorism
Culture and Conflict: Gender-Selected Victims of Terrorist Violence

 
Protecting the Enterprise: Criminal Dissident Terrorism

 
A Global Problem: Regional Cases of Criminal Dissident Terrorism

 
 
Part III: The Terrorist Trade and Counterterrorism
 
Chapter 10: Tools of the Trade: Tactics and Targets of Terrorists
The Purpose: Terrorist Objectives

 
The Means: Terrorist Methods

 
The Focus: Terrorist Targets

 
The Outcome: Is Terrorism Effective?

 
 
Chapter 11: The Information Battleground: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media
Two Perspectives: The Media and Governments

 
Understanding the Role of the Media

 
A New Battleground: The War for the Information High Ground

 
The Public’s Right to Know: Regulating the Media

 
 
Chapter 12: The American Case: Terrorism in the United States
An Introduction to the American Case

 
Left-Wing Terrorism in the United States

 
Background to Terrorism: Left-Wing Activism and Ideological Extremism in America

 
Background to Terrorism: Rightist Activism and Ideological Extremism in America

 
Right-Wing Terrorism in the United States

 
International Terrorism in the United States

 
 
Part IV: Securing the Homeland
 
Chapter 13: Counterterrorism: The Options
Responding to Terror: The Scope of Options

 
Warlike Operations: Counterterrorism and the Use of Force

 
Operations Other Than War: Repressive Options

 
Operations Other Than War: Conciliatory Options

 
Applying the Rule of Law: Legalistic Options

 
 
Chapter 14: A New Era: Homeland Security
Homeland Security in Perspective

 
The American Case: Homeland Security in the United States

 
Civil Liberties and Securing the Homeland

 
 
Chapter 15: What Next? The Future of Terrorism
An Overview of Near-Term Projections

 
The Future of Terrorism: New Threats

 
Controlling Terrorism: New Challenges

 
Threats to the Homeland: Prospects for Terrorism in the United States

 

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

The password-protected Instructor Resource Site includes the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Sample course syllabi provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • Carefully selected, web-based video resources feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Online resources include original videos that feature interviews with the author provide contemporary examples that relate back to the chapter content.
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to selected full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Carefully selected, web-based video resources feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Original Video feature interviews with the author provide contemporary examples that relate back to the chapter content.
  • Web exercises and meaningful web links facilitate student use of internet resources, further exploration of topics, and responses to critical thinking questions.

“This is the type of text you want to keep and refer to it for information of other topics.  It is a complete text that any student can learn from”

Greg Allen
Bellevue University

“[Understand Terrorism] is very easy for students to grasp the concepts of what they are reading, the timeline is a phenomenal resource for students in tracking terrorist activity, and the explanations of different terrorist acts are a wonderful tool to enhance student engagement and discussion.”

Ronda M. Blevins
Roane State Community College

“The Student Study Site looks like a great resource for students. The amount of detail in the text is great.…The writing style is clear and concise. All of the material is presented in a manner that is conducive to learning.”

Matthew Costello
Arkansas State University

“The length and writing style is appropriate for our student body, is interactive and certain to maintain student attention, and is conceptual.…This book is excellent.”

Shawn L. Schwaner, Ph.D.
Miami Dade College

An exceptionally comprehensive resource. We are seeing an increasing number of students wishing to research the topic of terrorism for their final year dissertations, this title will be extremely useful.

Ms Nyssa Alice Ebert
Law , Worcester College of Technology
October 8, 2016

Excellent insights into the difficulties and challenges of dealing with terrorism. A really strong resource in helping students understand the difficulties involved with policing terrorism

Mr Mark Burns
Interdiscipline , Leicester College
August 2, 2016

An essential and invaluable teaching text on terrorism. Not only does Martin provide an historic and contemporary insight into terrorism in a clearly structured and detailed manner, he also positions each chapter from a pedagogically discursive perspective making the text an ideal student and teacher workbook for stimulating debates and firing creative thought.

Mr Paul Matthews
School of Hospitality, Tourism & Events, University College Birmingham
July 14, 2016

English: For seminars / lectures, which deal with terrorism, this work of Gus Martin is a very recommendable book (for students and for University teacher). Whether it concerns events in political science, or at seminars in the field of political geography, this textbook illustrates very well structured all major causes, characteristics and (social) impact of terrorism. Particularly commendable is the didactic preparation. It can be found visually appealing and well understandable tables and graphs and chapter summaries, tasks and references. As far as I'm concerned, I can say that me this comprehensive work is enthusiastic and highly recommended for students due to the methodological presentation.

German: Für Seminare bzw. Vorlesungen, welche sich mit Terrorismus beschäftigen, ist dieses Werk von Gus Martin eine Pflichtlektüre. Ob es sich um Veranstaltungen in den Politikwissenschaften handelt, oder um Seminare im Bereich der Politischen Geographie, dieses Lehrbuch veranschaulicht sehr gut strukturiert alle wesentlichen Ursachen, Merkmale und (gesellschaftlichen) Auswirkungen von Terrorismus. Besonders lobenswert ist die didaktische Aufbereitung. Es finden sich nicht nur visuell ansprechende und gut nachvollziehbare Tabellen und Graphiken, sondern auch Kapitelzusammenfassungen, Aufgaben und Literaturverweise. Zusammenfassend kann ich sagen, dass mich dieses umfassende Werk begeistert und es für Studierende aufgrund der methodischen Aufmachung absolut empfehlenswert ist.

Mr Karsten Lenk
Geography, Wilhelms University Westfalen Munster
March 8, 2016

This is a very good book that gives a thorugh knowledge about terrorism to students

Mr Ikrom Yakubov
Department of Politics, Dundee University
November 27, 2015

This textbook is an outstanding resource for any course exploring aspects of terrorism. It is very easy to read, and offers up-to-date examples. It is particularly relevant to level three and undergraduate students.

It is particularly relevant to courses exploring globalisation and crime. It offers outstanding depth of analysis for courses such as Access to HE or Public Services.

The textbook offers an introduction to terrorism, before exploring key aspects such as international and domestic terrorism, terrorism by the state and the role of the media. As well as offering analysis on the future of terrorism in a globalised world.

Offering analysis on this emerging area, this textbook offers everything a student need to understand terrorism and its changing form in the 21st Century.

I would highly recommend any institution offering courses exploring aspects of this field to use this outstanding resource.

Mr Gavin Hatton
Sociology , St David's College
October 22, 2015

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