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Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies 5ed

by Gus Martin SAGE Publications, Inc
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Captivating, concise, and current, Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies introduces readers to the modern landscape of domestic and international terrorism. The Fifth Edition of Gus Martin’s renowned text covers key foundational topics and provides a framework for defining terrorism and exploring its history and causes while also discussing terrorist environments, tactics, targets, and counterterrorism.


This new edition includes information regarding intelligence, counterterrorism laws, and deprivation theory, as well as new and updated sections discussing mass violence in the United States, narco-terrorism, anti-state dissident terrorism, ISIS, and a new theoretical model for ending terrorist campaigns. The text also examines recent attacks and presents new data, case studies, and photos to show readers the state of terrorism across the globe today.

About the Author
Part I. Understanding Terrorism: A Conceptual Review
Chapter 1: Defining Terrorism
Understanding Political Extremism
Formal and Informal Definitions
Objectives and Goals of Terrorism
Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?
The Political Violence Matrix
Chapter 2: Historical Perspectives and Ideological Origins
Historical Perspectives on Terrorism
Ideological Origins of Terrorism
September 11, 2001, and the New Terrorism
Chapter 3: Causes of Terrorist Violence
Political Violence as the Fruit of Injustice
Political Violence as Strategic Choice
Moral Justifications for Political Violence
Chapter 4: Terrorist Violence and the Role of the Media
Understanding the Role of the Media
A New Battleground: The War for the Information High Ground
Part II. Terrorist Environments
Chapter 5: Terrorism by the State
Perspectives on Terrorism by Governments
Domestic Terrorism by the State
Terrorism as Foreign Policy
Chapter 6: Terrorism by Dissidents
Perspectives on Violent Dissent
The Practice of Dissident Terrorism
Terrorist Targets and Weapons
Dissidents and the New Terrorism
Chapter 7: Religious Terrorism
Historical Perspectives on Religious Violence
The Practice of Religious Terrorism
Trends and Projections
Chapter 8: International Terrorism
Understanding International Terrorism
International Terrorist Networks
The International Dimension of the New Terrorism
Chapter 9: Domestic Terrorism in the United States
Left-Wing Extremism in the United States
Left-Wing Terrorism in the United States
Right-Wing Extremism in the United States
Right-Wing Terrorism in the United States
Understanding the Persistence of Violent Ideologies in the United States
Part III. The Terrorist Battleground
Chapter 10: Counterterrorism and the War on Terrorism
The Use of Force
Operations Other Than War: Repressive Options
Operations Other Than War: Conciliatory Options
Legalistic Responses
Chapter 11: Homeland Security
Homeland Security in Perspective
Homeland Security in the United States
Civil Liberties and Securing the Homeland
Chapter 12: Future Trends and Projections
What Does the Future Hold?
Revisiting the War on Terrorism
Appendix: Map References

“Useful and good overview. Supplemented with current topics, [it is a] great text to have the students understand the complex topic of terrorism.”
C. Augustus "Gus" Martin is a Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he regularly teaches a course on the subject of terrorism and extremism. His current research and professional interests are terrorism and extremism, homeland security, administration of justice, and juvenile justice. Dr. Martin has also served as Associate Vice President for Human Resources Management, Acting Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration and Public Policy, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs, and Chair of the Department of Public Administration and 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.


Dr. Martin is author of several books on the subjects of terrorism and homeland security", includingTerrorism: An International Perspective (with Fynnwin Prager, SAGE, 2019);Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies, Fifth Edition (SAGE, 2018); Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues, Sixth Edition (SAGE, 2017); Understanding Homeland Security, Second Edition (SAGE, 2016); The SAGE Encyclopedia of Terrorism, Second Edition (SAGE, 2015); Terrorism and Homeland Security (SAGE, 2010); and The New Era of Terrorism: Selected Readings (SAGE, 2004). He is also author of Juvenile Justice: Process and Systems (SAGE," 2005).


Prior to joining academia", Dr. Martin 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 occupied a personal and confidential position in the central office of the Department of Justice, sat as hearing officer for disciplinary hearings and departmental grievances, served as chair of the Drug Policy Committee, served as liaison to the intergovernmental Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee as well as to the Narcotics Strike Force, and provided daily legal and policy advice to the Attorney General. Prior to serving as Special Counsel, he was a GÇ£floorn++? 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; drafted House floor statements, Congressional Record inserts, press releases, and news articles; and composed speeches, briefing materials, and legislative correspondence.