1st Edition

Theories of Terrorism
Contemporary Perspectives

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ISBN 9780367457617
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

Theories of Terrorism explains and advances the major theories of terrorism that address issues of becoming a terrorist, being a terrorist, and leaving terrorism, in a clear and accessible format.

Readers will gain an understanding of the most promising explanations of terrorism that have been developed to date and how they can be used to explore core substantive issues related to the topic. The content is delivered with a scholarly depth, though still accessible by students at different levels. The book offers explanations from prominent scholars for the three phases of radicalization, covering emerging topics such as women’s involvement in terrorism, fear of terrorism, the code of the terrorist, and suicide terrorism. This is the first book in the Advances in Criminological Theory series to address the issue of terrorism and emphasizes the use of theory to direct research development in the future.

The style and content coverage of the book make it appropriate as a supplemental text in undergraduate courses on terrorism and political violence. The inclusion of current empirical literature and guidance for future research efforts gives the text appeal for graduate students and academics in the disciplines of criminology/criminal justice, political science, sociology, and interdisciplinary terrorism studies. The emphasis on theory and the radicalization process throughout the text will also make the book useful as a reference for general graduate-level theory courses within these areas.

Table of Contents


Part I. Becoming a Terrorist

1. Terrorism & the Psychological Processes

Orla Lynch and Carmel Joyce

2. Explaining Political Terrorism

Michael Stohl and Peter Grabosky

3. Explaining Religious Terrorism

Nilay Saiya

4. Explaining White Supremacy and Domestic Terrorism

Amanda Graham

Part II. Being a Terrorist

5. Gender and Terrorism

Kathy Laster and Edna Erez

6. Terrorist Target Selection

Max Abrahms and Joseph Mroszczyk

7. Explaining Suicide Bombings

Susanne Martin

8. Code of the Terrorist

Murat Haner, Michael L. Benson, and Francis T. Cullen

Part III. Beyond Terrorism

9. Desistance from Terrorism

Darren Fisher

10. Terrorism and Deterrence

Brian Jackson and Pauline Moore

11. Situational Crime Prevention and Terrorism

Joshua D. Freilich, Jeff Gruenewald, and Steven Chermak

12. Fear of Terrorism

Heejin Lee, Brooke Miller Gialopsos, and Cheryl Lero Jonson

13. How Terrorism Ends?

Leonard B. Weinberg

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Murat Haner is a Lecturer of Criminology at the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida. He received his Ph.D. from University of Cincinnati. He is author of The Freedom Fighter: A Terrorist’s Own Story. His current research is focused on examining the issue of radicalization into terrorist organizations and understanding public opinion on terrorism, counter-terrorism policies, and other pressing social issues. His research has been published in journals such as British Journal of Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, and Terrorism & Political Violence. 

Melissa M. Sloan is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of South Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include the sociology of emotion, with a particular focus on fear of terrorism and psychological well-being, and the interdisciplinary research process. Her research has been published in journals such as Social Psychology Quarterly, Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, and the American Review of Public Administration.