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Terrorist Groups and the New Tribalism : Terrorism's Fifth Wave - Jeffrey Kaplan

Terrorist Groups and the New Tribalism

Terrorism's Fifth Wave

Hardcover Published: 5th February 2010
ISBN: 9780415453387
Number Of Pages: 235

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The central focus of this book is a small but vitally important group of movements that constitute a distinct 'fifth wave' of modern terrorism, here called the "New Tribalism."

Terrorist Groups and the New Tribalism examines a collection of terrorist or insurgent movements whose similarity in tactics, strategic vision and desire to radically reshape their worlds to conform with a a Golden Agea (TM) dream of perfection which is to be achieved through a genocidal or ethnic cleansing process to make way for the emergence of a new, radically perfected tribal utopia in a single generation. These shared strategic and tactical factors allow them to be examined through a comparative lens as a distinct a fifth wavea (TM) of modern terrorism. Structured around the theoretical framework of David Rapoporta (TM)s Four Waves thesis, the book examines anomalous movements that began within a distinct wave of international terrorism, but, following a crisis model, has turned inwards toward radical localism, tribalism and xenophobia.

The text is divided between theory and in depth case studies of the Ugandan Lorda (TM)s Resistance Army and the Sudanese Janjaweed. It concludes with a design for further, field-work based research.

This book will be of interest to students of Terrorism and Political Violence, Genocide, Conflict Studies, African politics and Political Science in general.

Jeffrey Kaplan is an Associate Professor of Religion and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion, Violence and Memory at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He is the author of 11 books on terrorism and political violence.

"This insightful study examines David Rapoport's thesis of the four waves of the history of modern terrorism to demonstrate how a new insurgent grouping has emerged to constitute a distinct 'fifth wave' of modern terrorism, which the author terms as the "New Tribalism." - Joshua Sinai, `Terrorism Bookshelf: Top 150 Books on Terrorism and Counterterrorism', Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol. 6, No. 2 (2012)

Introductionp. 1
Theoryp. 9
Terrorism and religious violencep. 11
Rapoport's Four Waves theory (revisited and ever-so-slightly revised)p. 33
The Fifth Wave: the new tribalism?p. 46
Praxisp. 79
The Lord's Resistance Armyp. 81
The Sudan and the Janjaweedp. 119
Conclusion: the Fifth Wave?p. 182
Notesp. 185
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780415453387
ISBN-10: 0415453380
Series: Political Violence (Hardcover)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 235
Published: 5th February 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1