A Research Agenda for Terrorism Studies


A Research Agenda for Terrorism Studies

9781789909098 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Lara A. Frumkin, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology and Counselling, Open University, UK, John F. Morrison, School of Law and Criminology, Maynooth University, Ireland and Andrew Silke, Professor of Terrorism, Risk and Resilience, Cranfield Forensic Institute, Cranfield University, UK
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 78990 909 8 Extent: 298 pp
Asking vital questions concerning the future directions of terrorism research, this topical Research Agenda dives into the current state, emerging methodologies and key trends of this emotive and controversial field.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

Asking vital questions concerning the future directions of terrorism research, this topical Research Agenda dives into the current state, emerging methodologies and key trends of this emotive and controversial field.

Structured in four distinct sections, the book initially explores the major perspectives in terrorism studies research, before taking a theoretical approach to assess its methodologies including ethnography, interviews, social media and databases. Using a broad range of case studies, the book then tackles the major debates and controversies facing terrorism research today, including gender issues, the private sector, and ethics. Exploring the strengths, weaknesses and policy and practice impacts of this research, the book concludes with a forward-thinking look at the future directions terrorism studies can and should take.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to this challenging research area, this timely book will prove vital to students and scholars studying terrorism, counterterrorism, security and conflict, alongside counterterrorism policymakers looking to innovate their future policies.
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‘This is a very timely volume that examines the state of terrorism studies as a discipline. It examines a range of pressing issues, including the development of a more cross-sector, interdisciplinary approach to the subject; the ethical issues involved and the need for more gender-based and non-Western perspectives. Highly recommended.’
– Kumar Ramakrishna, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

‘This is not just a marvellously comprehensive overview of a maturing research field but also hints at a brave new vision for what terrorism research can, and perhaps should, be. A timely, valuable collection that deserves widespread attention.’
– John Horgan, Georgia State University, US

‘A Swiss Army penknife of a Research Agenda: chock full of wise advice and eminently practical guidance. All of this is accompanied by a set of elegant essays on the state of terrorism studies; its past achievements; and likely future direction. A major intellectual contribution.’
– Tim Wilson, University of St. Andrews, UK
Contributors: Shirley Gabriella Achieng, Gary Ackerman, Eke Bont, Katherine E Brown, Julie Chernov Hwang, Meghan Conroy, Celia Davies, Ludovica Di Giorgi, Anastasia Filippidou, Paul Ford, Ross Frenett, Lara A. Frumkin, Carolyn Hoyle, Richard Jackson, Steve Johnson, Ashton Kingdon, Orla Lynch, Stuart Macdonald, Sarah Marsden, Asta Maskaliūnaitė, John F. Morrison, Samwel Oando, Elizabeth Pearson, Daniela Pisoiu, Nic Rees, Catriona Scholes, Bart Schuurman, Ryan Scrivens, Andrew Silke, Harmonie Toros, Joe Whittaker, Emma Ylitalo-James

1 Contemplating a research agenda for terrorism studies 1
Andrew Silke, Lara A. Frumkin and John F. Morrison

2 Terrorists 23
Sarah Marsden
3 Victims and victimhood: the case of terrorism and
political violence 43
Orla Lynch
4 Critical terrorism studies 63
Shirley Achieng’, Samwel Oando and Richard Jackson

5 Applying theory to research 79
Daniela Pisoiu
6 The interdisciplinarity challenge for terrorism studies 91
Asta Maskaliūnaitė
7 Ethnographic approaches in terrorism studies and
research 107
Anastasia Filippidou
8 Guides, interviews, ethics: conducting fieldwork
with Islamist extremists in Indonesia 119
Julie Chernov Hwang
9 Using social media to research terrorism and extremism 131
Ashton Kingdon and Emma Ylitalo-James
10 Using online data in terrorism research 145
Stuart Macdonald, Elizabeth Pearson, Ryan
Scrivens and Joe Whittaker
11 Terrorism databases: problems and solutions 159
Stephen Johnson and Gary A. Ackerman

12 Debating the health of terrorism studies:
methodological issues, research biases and
cautious optimism 179
Bart Schuurman
13 Gender issues in terrorism studies 193
Katherine E. Brown
14 Collaborative approaches to countering terrorism 211
Lara A. Frumkin and Paul Ford
15 Terrorism research practices in the private sector:
context and considerations 225
Ross Frenett, Meghan Conroy, Carolyn Hoyle,
Celia Davies, Nic Rees, Ludovica Di Giorgi and
Catriona Scholes
16 Ethics and terrorism research: the rights, safety
and vulnerability of participant and researcher 241
John F. Morrison, Eke Bont and Andrew Silke

17 Interdisciplinarity, globality and downsizing:
aspirations for the future of terrorism studies 263
Harmonie Toros

Index 275
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