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Terrorism and the Politics of Social Change : A Durkheimian Analysis - James C. Dingley

Terrorism and the Politics of Social Change

A Durkheimian Analysis

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Published: 28th March 2013
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Terrorism and political violence has invariably accompanied the progressive modernization of states; a socio-cultural phenomenon that responds to problems of social change and development. To understand this revolt against modernity, one needs to reflect upon the nature of traditional society and how it differs from modernity

Starting with a basic history of modern terrorism, James Dingley uses a Durkheimian sociological framework to examine the problem of contemporary terrorism. Relevant to today's current political climate, James Dingley dissects the role of social relations, culture and religion in impelling men and women to behave violently in defence of their own known socio-cultural context when challenged by external forces. Placing particular emphasis on a historical and social understanding of violence and key topics such as nationalism, religion, science, the Enlightenment and Romanticism as vital issues for understanding terrorism in all its forms, James Dingley allows for a more critical examination of terrorism as a response to changes in the organisation and cultural goals in a society.

Aimed at students, scholars and researchers, Terrorism and the Politics of Social Change is a decisive contribution to our understanding of the political and social relevance of terrorism as we know it and live it today.

An original and stimulating study, deploying wide-ranging sociological arguments to analyse a vital subject. Professor Richard English, author of Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA and of Terrorism: How to Respond

'An original and stimulating study, deploying wide-ranging sociological arguments to analyse a vital subject' Richard English, Queen's University Belfast, UK and author of Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA and of Terrorism: How to Respond 'Presenting a convincing, cohesive and closely argued analysis, this work is a significant and accessible contribution to the professional literature. While asserting that terrorism is neither a new, nor primarily political phenomenon, Dingley illuminates a theoretical gap...Arranged in six chapters and a conclusion, this is a work which reflects Dingley's deep connection to terrorism and extremism. For 20 years a resident of Northern Ireland, and currently living and working in Kurdistan, Dingley has researched terrorism extensively, and met many terrorists from Ireland, Iraq and Turkey. The author's sensitivity to the issues he addresses is amplified by service with the security forces of many countries, and as a NATO instructor. Practitioners and scholars alike will derive benefit from Dingley's work, which makes a decisive, systematic, yet readable contribution to our understanding of terrorism as a political and social construct, the impact of which will reverberate for years to come.' Australian Defence Force Journal 'The main idea of Terrorism and the Politics of Social Change is that sociology has something important to add to our understanding of terrorism. Dingley argues this point well, grounding it in a classical approach to sociology that takes seriously "structure, system and function".' Journal of Church and State '... James Dingley's Terrorism and the Politics of Social Change is an informed and informative analysis of the contextual sources of terrorism...' e-International Relations

Introduction; War and violence: understanding the breeds; Terrorism under the heavens; The heavens described; Making the man: terrorism chartered and defined; Terrorism in the modern world; Durkheim, sociology and understanding the modern world; Conclusion; Index.

ISBN: 9780754678229
ISBN-10: 0754678229
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 28th March 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Type: New edition