What can the analysis of violence and terror tell us about the modern world? Why is violence often used to achieve religious, cultural or political goals? Can we understand the search for the extreme that increasingly shapes violence today?From 1960s student movements to today's global jihad, this text explores the factors and debates shaping violence and terrorism in our contemporary society. Each chapter confronts examples of disturbing terrorist acts and events of mass violence from recent history and uses these to examine key questions, theories and concepts surrounding this sensitive and controversial topic. In particular, the book: - Identifies core tools for the analysis of public violence
Kevin McDonald dissects theories of terrorism and modern violence, vividly conveying the history of movements and the subjectivities of both terrorists and victims. The result is a comprehensive account, integrating the major aspects of terrorism.
-Randall Collins, University of Pennsylvania; author of Violence: A Micro-Sociological Theory