Although there has been an increase in research on terrorism across the social and behavioural sciences in the past few decades, until recently most of this work has originated from political science, psychology or economics. Therefore, our focus in this book on criminological conceptual frameworks and empirical studies that engage terrorism and responses to it is unique. We include a distinguished group of researchers that offer their distinctive insights into criminological perspectives on terrorism.
The contributors focus on criminological perspectives that have rarely, if ever, been previously applied to the study of terrorism. This includes a range of perspectives from rational choice to social disorganization; from strain to routine activities theory. This volume will advance understanding of terrorism by taking advantage of criminological contributions, and at the same time will serve as a useful update to the criminologists and their students already working in this area. It would also be a helpful introduction to those criminologists and their students who would like to be more engaged in this important area of research.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Terrorism and Political Violence.
1. Criminology Theory and Terrorism: Introduction Joshua D. Freilich and Gary LaFree
2. Subcultural Theory Applied to Jihadi and Right-Wing Radicalization in Germany Daniela Pisoiu
3. A Situational Model of Displacement and Diffusion Following the Introduction of Airport Metal Detectors Henda Y. Hsu and Robert Apel
4. Rational Choice Rewards and the Jihadist Suicide Bomber Simon Perry and Badi Hasisi
5. Does Country-Level Social Disorganization Increase Terrorist Attacks? Susan Fahey and Gary LaFree
6. The Battle for Baghdad: Testing Hypotheses About Insurgency From Risk Heterogeneity, Repeat Victimization, and Denial Policing Approaches Alex Braithwaite and Shane D. Johnson
7. Laying a Foundation for the Criminological Examination of Right-Wing, Left-Wing, and Al Qaeda-Inspired Extremism in the United States Steven Chermak and Jeffrey A. Gruenewald
8. Examining Deterrence and Backlash Effects in Counter-Terrorism: The Case of ETA Javier Argomaniz and Alberto Vidal-Diez
9. Routine Activities and Right-Wing Extremists: An Empirical Comparison of the Victims of Ideologically- and Non-Ideologically- Motivated Homicides Committed by American Far-Rightists William S. Parkin and Joshua D. Freilich