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Terrorism and Homeland Security 8th Edition

Jonathan R. White

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2012, 2009, 2006
  • 528 Pages


Written by acclaimed national terrorism expert Jonathan R. White, the market-leading TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, balanced, and objective text available for the course. Packed with engrossing examples and cutting-edge discussions, the Eighth Edition continues to provide a theoretical and conceptual framework that enables your students to understand how terrorism arises and how it functions. White discusses the most sophisticated theories of the world's best terrorist analysts, while still focusing on the domestic and international threat of terrorism and the basic security issues surrounding terrorism today. The text gives essential historical (pre-1980) background on the phenomenon of terrorism and the roots of contemporary conflicts, includes detailed descriptions of recent and contemporary conflicts shaping the world stage, and presents theoretical and concrete information about Homeland Security organizations. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

Jonathan R. White, Grand Valley State University

Jonathan R. White is professor of interdisciplinary studies in the Frederik Meijer Honors College of Grand Valley State University. The founding director of GVSU's School of Criminal Justice, Dr. White was promoted to dean of Social Sciences and served there until he was summoned to the Bureau of Justice Assistance to direct the State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) program after the attacks of 9-11. He conducted counterterrorism training for law enforcement and military forces in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and throughout the United States. A recognized expert on religious terrorism, Dr. White currently teaches classes on national security, intelligence analysis, and counterterrorism in the Meijer Honors College.
  • A streamlined 16-chapter organization makes it easier to get through the entire text in a traditional-length college term--ensuring that instructors aren't forced to omit key homeland security coverage due to time constraints.
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  • All-new chapter-opening vignettes draw students into chapter material with today's highest-profile topics--the Navy SEAL attack on Osama bin Laden, the expanding role of women in terrorist organizations, Iranian nuclear weapon development, the Arab Spring's impact on Palestine, and many others.
  • In addition to bullet-style summaries linked back to chapter-opening objectives, new paragraph-style "Chapter Take Away" sections at the end of each chapter focus student attention on the important conclusions that can be drawn from the material and offer a glimpse into the future.
  • Streamlined coverage of historical material throughout the text allows for expanded treatment of compelling current issues, examples, research, and tactics without increasing the text's overall length.
  • Expanded discussion of current issues and challenges includes women's expanding role in terrorist organizations, financing terrorist activities, the nexus of drugs and terrorism, media influence on homeland security, Joseph Kony, and many other topics.
  • "Critical Engagement" features in every chapter highlight a current controversy, giving students the opportunity to sharpen their critical thinking skills by grappling with real-world challenges.
  • Providing maximum learning reinforcement, each chapter's Learning Objectives are carefully matched to end-of-chapter summary sections and linked to corresponding quiz/test items in the accompanying Test Bank and CourseMate. Each discussion is enhanced with diagrams and flow charts to illustrate key concepts and keep students visually engaged.
  • Many chapters feature "Another Point of View" sidebars--reflecting the fact that issues in terrorism and homeland security often go beyond a simple two-sided debate. These sidebars introduce controversial opinions and alternative understandings of social processes, giving students a deeper understanding of all the challenges involved.
  • Terrorism frequently blurs the line between law enforcement and national security intelligence. The text's unique emphasis on intelligence helps students see the difference. Sections in Part IV spotlight law enforcement intelligence systems, fusion centers, and national security intelligence--equipping students with a solid understanding of today's intelligence initiatives.
1. Terrorism Defined.
2. The Social Underpinnings of Terrorism.
3. The Organization and Financing of Terrorism.
4. Terrorism and the Media.
5. Gender Roles, Tactics, and Force Multipliers in Terrorism.
6. The Roots of Modern Terrorism.
7. Long-Term Separatist Terrorism.
8. Nationalistic and Endemic Terrorism.
9. Background to the Middle East.
10. Terrorism in Israel and Palestine.
11. Revolutionary, Counter Revolutionary, and Religious Terrorism.
12. Al Qaeda and Jihadist Networks.
13. Domestic Terrorism.
14. An Introduction to Homeland Security.
15. Law Enforcement and Homeland Security.
16. Homeland Security and Constitutional Issues.
17. Security, Terrorism, and the Future.

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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781305640634
This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

Online PowerPoint® Slides

ISBN: 9781305640641
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Online Test Bank Microsoft Word

ISBN: 9781305881228

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305640726
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.