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5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Terrorism Studies: The Way Forward., 8 Dec 2011
This review is from: Terrorism: A Critical Introduction (Paperback)
'Terrorism: A Critical Introduction' is an intellectual contribution brought by the finest scholars in the sphere of Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS).

While the field of Terrorism Studies appears to be unequivocally dominated by "Orthodox" approaches, CTS offers a state-of-the-art insight into the study of terrorism challenging mainstream assumptions and misconceptions that have become socially and politically embedded in the post 9/11 scenario.

In this regard, CTS offers an alternative approach through the lens of Critical Theory. While engaging in a titanic struggle of 'dialectics versus dogma', CTS has developed its own research agenda incorporating new and important questions in addition to traditionally neglected topics (i.e. State Terrorism).

The main themes covered in this book are the following:

The Orthodox Study of Terrorism
Critical Approaches to Terrorism
The Cultural Construction of Terrorism
Bringing Gender into the Study of Terrorism
Conceptualizing Terrorism
Reconsidering the Threat of Terrorism
Types of Terrorism
Understanding State Terrorism
The Causes of Non-State Terrorism
Responding to Non-State Terrorism
Assessing the War on Terrorism

What can one expect from this book? Intellectual stimulation! Considering the excesses of the Global War on Terrorism, this book offers a continuous engagement in "Critical Thinking" seeking to transform certain practices and forms of knowledge that are detrimental to the future. Overall, this book is a good start and a must-read for anyone who is interested in the study of political violence and terrorism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of amazing information and provocative arguments!, 8 Dec 2011
This review is from: Terrorism: A Critical Introduction (Paperback)
You may not agree with every point these guys have made, but in the wave of one-sided information about terrorism that has long been dominated this field, this is a one of a must read book!

Full of amazing evidences that will drive you to the boundary of curiosity. This book will, at least, make you doubt the 'reality of the threat of terrorism' which you have long been believed systematically. It deconstructs and questions almost every myth or propagandistic discourse that has overridden the field of terrorism studies, such as the relationship between religion and terrorism; state as terrorist; and so on.

Buy and read it, then you will find the new academic world that isn't just another 'slightly further version of CNN news' like most of the books n this very same topic.

I also disagree with the authors in some points, still it's a great book that's really worth to buy! Cheers!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another perspective for the same phenomenon, 7 Dec 2011
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Terrorism: A Critical Introduction by Richard Jackson et al is a very inspiring book. I had the opportunity to be one of the lucky few to study CTS (Critical Terrorism Studies) under the mentorship of Richard Jackson.

Coming from a background in Intelligence Studies I was very oriented towards orthodox terrorism studies, but after having this book as basically THE main text for the course it has changed my perspectives on many issues to do with terrorism. The book itself touches on topics, which can be regarded as taboo, in a very clear and concise manner; the empirical evidence shown is sufficient to realize that the way how terrorism is being dealt with today is actually counter-productive, and that there is a necessity to re-structure the way we approach this phenomenon.

Terrorism: A Critical Introduction demystifies the phenomenon of terrorism by tackling on hot issues such as definition, causes, types of terrorism and more;this book gives a better perspective on many of the issues that sadly are being blurred by the media and our own policy makers. This book is worth every penny. I would highly recommend this book to any critical scholars who are interested in the field of terrorism or to the casual reader who likes to learn the real deal and is objective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for academic purposes, 10 Dec 2012
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I bought this book for an essay I had to hand in later that week. It is very accessible and helped me greatly. Very useful and has a good bibliography. A must-have for any academic library.
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