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Values and Violence

Intangible Aspects of Terrorism

Series: Studies in Global Justice, Vol. 4

Karawan, Ibrahim A., McCormack, Wayne, Reynolds, Stephen E. (Eds.)

2008, XVIII, 288 p.

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  • Includes contributions from several world-renowned scholars
  • Provides an interdisciplinary look at political violence
  • Provides an explication of values that guide policy choices

In this volume an unusual array of elite scholars addresses the role of values in understanding terrorism and forming policies for responses to it. Their essays, which appear here for the first time, have significance in the fears and concerns of the moment but the enduring values they espouse extend far beyond terrorism.

Contributors include Akeel Bilgrami, M. Cherif Bassiouni, Martha Crenshaw, Tom Farer, Marilyn Friedman, Amos Guiora, Bruce Hoffman, Martha Nussbaum, Frank Salter, and Amartya Sen.

"This is a remarkable collection of many of the best minds pondering the terrorist threat. . . . The international community needs to do much better than we have been doing; here is the intellectual platform for doing so."
Michael W. Doyle
Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs,
Law and Political Science, Columbia University

"Seven years after 9/11, policymakers are still struggling to understand the dynamics that produce terrorism in ways that help them craft better approaches for confronting the challenge of political violence. In Values and Violence, some of America‘s and the world’s top scholars come together to provide a state-of-the-art assessment of these issues.  I know of no other single volume that brings together this much talent to try to help the world understand the sources of the scourge of terrorism and, thereby, to help us understand how to contain it."
Philip Gordon
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution,
Washington D.C.

"If you want a broad and sophisticated inter-disciplinary approach to terrorism to understand the role of values both in forming terrorist activity and in responding to its challenges, this reader is for you."
Shahram Chubin
Director of Studies, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Amartya Sen - Crime - Martha Nussbaum - Terrorist - Violence - civil liberties - human dignity - ideology - issue - morality - pattern of political violence - terrorism - terrorist organisations - terrorist threats - values

Related subjects » Criminology & Criminal Justice - Law - Philosophy - Political Science - Population Studies

Table of contents 

Social Identity and Political Violence.- Violence in Identity.- Gandhi, Newton, and the Enlightenment.- Ideas as Weapons: Militant Islamist Groups in Egypt.- Female Terrorists: Martyrdom and Gender Equality.- Ethnicity and Indoctrination for Violence: The Efficiency of Producing Terrorists.- The Clash Within: Democracy and the Hindu Right.- Scope of the Terrorist Threat.- Assessing the State of Al Qaeda and Current and Future Terrorist Threats.- The Debate over “New” vs. “Old” Terrorism.- Globalization, Social Capital and Networked Violence: The Role of Values.- Geospatial Analysis of Dynamic Terrorist Networks.- Developing Moral Agency in the Midst of Violence: Children, Political Conflict, and Values.- Violent and Non-violent Responses to State Failure: Papua New Guinea and Ecuador.- Values and Policy Choices.- Terrorism, Islam and America: In Search of a Disarming Narrative.- The Importance of Values in the Fight Against Terrorism.- “Terrorism”: Reflections on Legitimacy and Policy Considerations.- Values Implicated in the Struggle with Terrorism: War, Crime, and Prevention.

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