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Understanding Terrorism in America

1st Edition

By Christopher Hewitt


176 pages

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Christopher Hewitt's comprehensive book surveys the characteristics and causes of terrorism and governmental responses to it. He also examines the organizational structure of terrorist networks, how they are financed and their ideological agendas. Groups covered include: Islamic fundamentalists, white and black racists, black nationalists, revolutionary communists, neo-Nazis, militant Jewish groups, anti-abortionists and émigré groups. This book is essential reading for students of American politics and terrorism. It also provides a highly readable account for interested readers wishing to know more about a topic which has recently become tragically relevant to world affairs.


"Everyone interested in terrorism will find this book useful and that includes scholars, law enforcement people, the military services, university classes, and the general public." - David C Rapoport, Editor, Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence

Table of Contents

Part I - The Latest Atrocity Part II - Before September 11th: American Terrorism since the 1950s Part III - The Political Context of American Terrorism Part IV - The Organisational Dynamics of Terrorism Part V - The Terrorists Part VI - Dealing with Terrorists Part VII - Impacts and Consequences Part VIII - The Future of Terrorism in America

About the Author

Christopher Hewitt is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA.

About the Series

Extremism and Democracy

This series covers academic studies within the broad fields of ‘extremism’ and ‘democracy’, with volumes focusing on adjacent concepts such as populism, radicalism, and ideological/religious fundamentalism. These topics have been considered largely in isolation by scholars interested in the study of political parties, elections, social movements, activism, and radicalisation in democratic settings. A key focus of the series, therefore, is the (inter-)relation between extremism, radicalism, populism, fundamentalism, and democracy. Since its establishment in 1999, the series has encompassed both influential contributions to the discipline and informative accounts for public debate. Works will seek to problematise the role of extremism, broadly defined, within an ever-globalising world, and/or the way social and political actors can respond to these challenges without undermining democratic credentials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory