Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues

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Sage, 2010 - Social Science - 540 pages
As in previous editions, Understanding Terrorism, Third Edition offers a multi-disciplinary, 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 Third Edition offers new, updated theories and cases, offers a consolidated discussion of ideological terrorism, and new photographs, updated tables, enhanced graphics and a new two-color design.

Key Features:

- A "one-stop shop" for understanding terrorism, emphasizing contextual analysis and multiple perspectives

- New or expanded case studies and profiles, covering such topics as the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, women as terrorists, events in Zimbabwe, the Palestinian movement and other religious terrorism, the death of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Hezbollah, FARC (including the Betancourt operation), recent narco-terrorist events in Mexico, and terrorist profiles of Leila Khaled and Abu Nidal

- Includes "Opening Viewpoints" at the beginning of each chapter with relevant examples to introduce readers to the themes and theories in the discussion that follows

- Updated throughout with new Chapter Perspectives, Cases in Point, photos, literature references, recommended readings, web exercises, and recommended web pages

- Ends each chapter with "Discussion Boxes" that provide controversial information, along critical thinking questions to stimulate classroom discussions

- Outstanding Ancillaries, with an updated Student study site including study tools, links to online video resources, SAGE journal articles, and more. Click on 'Links and Resources' (top left hand corner) to see more.

Understanding Terrorism is a core resource for undergraduate students of terrorism.

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About the author (2010)

C. Augustus (Gus) Martin is Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he and has also served as Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and 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 an Administration of Justice professor. His current research and professional interests are terrorism and extremism, administration of justice, juvenile justice, and fair housing. He is author and editor of several books on the subject of terrorism, including The SAGE Encyclopedia of Terrorism (SAGE, 2012), Terrorism and Homeland Security (SAGE, 2011), Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies (SAGE, 2013), Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues (SAGE, 2013), and The New Era of Terrorism: Selected Readings (SAGE, 2004). He has served as a panelist for university and community symposia and interviews on the subjects of administration of justice, terrorism, and fair housing. He has also been a consultant to government and private agencies. Prior to joining academia, he served as managing attorney for the Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh, where he was also director of a program created under a federal 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 provided personal and confidential position in central office of Department of Justice; sat as hearing officer for disciplinary hearings and departmental grievances; served as chair of drug policy committee; was liaison to intergovernmental Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee; acted as liaison to Narcotics Strike Force; and provided daily legal and policy advice to 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 he composed speeches, briefing materials and legislative correspondence.

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