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This new textbook provides students with a multidisciplinary theoretical and methodological introduction to terrorism studies. The book identifies the main theories proposed in the field of terrorism studies as they relate to several issues: why and how individuals and organizations get involved in terrorism;the definition and concept of terrorism;state terrorism;leaving terrorism behind;counter-terrorism;manifestations of terrorism in time and space. Terrorism studies is a highly heterogeneous field with a broad range of theories and disciplines, marked by ample debates. Beyond individual contributions and unique perspectives, however, it is difficult for students and interested readers to have a broader and structured grasp of the theoretical landscape within and behind the study of terrorism. This textbook offers a valuable new teaching tool which aims to provide students with the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological toolbox necessary to understand and research terrorism.This book will be essential reading for students of terrorism studies, political violence, and counter-terrorism, and is highly recommended for students of security studies, criminology, politics, and international relations.


Daniela Pisoiu is a senior researcher at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip), Vienna, Austria. She obtained her PhD in international relations at the University of St Andrews and is the author of Islamist Radicalisation in Europe: An Occupational Change Process (Routledge, 2011) and editor of Arguing Counterterrorism: New Perspectives (Routledge, 2014).

Sandra Hain is affiliated with the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip), Vienna, Austria.

The Randstad metropolitan region encompassing Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht in the western Netherlands is regarded worldwide as a model of a 'successful' polycentric metropolis. It is widely cited as an example of an effectively functioning region made up of inter-connected small cities providing complementary functions which together provide the benefits of one larger monocentric city. The methods of strategic spatial planning, regional design and strategic projects are used as models for practitioners and students around the world. However, the functioning of this cluster of cities as a polycentric networked region is controversial both in terms of the actual relations between its component parts and in terms of the value of promoting such a relationship in policy. In short, does the Randstad really function as a polycentric metropolis? What are the costs and benefits of a Randstad metropolis? Should the concept be pursued in government policy and action and how? These questions are of critical interest within the Netherlands but also in other complex urban regions around the world. This book will provide explanations of the place of complex city regions in the globalisation process, a critical analysis of the Randstad itself and lessons for strategic planning in other metropolitan regions.



1. The making of terrorism

2. Defining terrorism, Asta Maskaliunaite

3. Studying terrorism

4. Determining individual terrorism

5. Choosing individual terrorism

6. Relational individual terrorism

7. Determining organizational terrorism

8. Choosing organizational terrorism

9. Relational organizational terrorism

10. Individual disengagement, de- and counter-radicalization

11. State terrorism

12. Terrorism in Time and Space

13. Counter-terrorism, Asta Maskaliunaite


Titel: Theories of Terrorism
Untertitel: An Introduction
EAN: 9781135974527
ISBN: 978-1-135-97452-7
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Taylor & Francis
Genre: Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 256
Veröffentlichung: 28.09.2017
Jahr: 2017
Untertitel: Englisch