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Criminology theory and terrorism: New applications and approaches

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June 2017
220 pages

Although there has been an increase in research on terrorism across the social and behavioral sciences in the past few decades, until recently most of this work has originated from political science, psychology, or economics; therefore, the focus of the current book is uniquely on criminological conceptual frameworks and empirical studies that engage terrorism and responses to it.


A distinguished group of researchers offer their distinctive insights into criminological perspectives on terrorism. They focus on criminological perspectives that have rarely, if ever, been previously applied to the study of terrorism. This includes a range of perspectives from rational choice to social disorganization and from strain to routine activities theory. This volume will advance understanding of terrorism by taking advantage of criminological contributions, and at the same time will serve as a useful update to the criminologists and their students already working in this area. It would also be a helpful introduction to those criminologists and their students who would like to be more engaged in this important area of research. (Publisher Abstract)


Date Published: June 1, 2017