Which socializing agents are influential in people joining terror groups? What ideologies do terror groups hold? Which aspects of societies and social contexts contribute towards groups forming and people joining them? This book considers a range of influential terror groups from the last 40 years, exploring relationships between people, local and global social processes, and activities that result in acts of terrorism. Examining Islamic groups alongside nationalist, 'red' and far right organizations, Stephen Vertigans identifies important similarities in the social contexts, experiences of members and some of their demands. Key questions are applied to a range of case studies of contemporary relevance. The groups studied originated from Europe, the United States, Asia and Africa and are associated with religion, nationalism, pro-state terrorism, militias and racism. Each chapter offers the reader a clear understanding about why particular terror groups form, while comparative analysis draws out commonalities and distinctions.
Dr Stephen Vertigans is Reader in Sociology at the School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK
'Stephen Vertigans has created a remarkable book about terrorism. From gun and talk shows to music, he extends the poignant case studies of Hamm and Stern in a sober, yet provocative manner. And, his theoretical insights on the societal breeding grounds of discontent help us explicate the ground-breaking research of internationally, acclaimed scholars such as Oliverio and Tilly. This book is especially useful for understanding conflict defined as terrorism from local to global settings.' Pat Lauderdale, Arizona State University, USA 'Written with clarity, and a superb balance of breadth that embraces several terrorist groups from across the globe and depth in the examination of each of them, this book addresses objectively the scourge of our age - terrorism. Stereotypes and popular misconceptions tumble under the weight of clear and well-informed analysis. This is essential reading for anyone who seeks insight into this fascinating and frightening phenomenon.' P.A.J. Waddington, University of Wolverhampton, UK