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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Our Violent World

Terrorism in Society

ISBN 9780230224735
Publication Date April 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

From 1960s student movements to today's global jihad, this text explores key factors shaping violence and terrorism today. It examines the globalization of violence, the search for the extreme and the new centrality of media. Assessing recent theoretical debates it argues for a renewed social science. It is a must-read for students and citizens.

Kevin McDonald is Professor and Director of the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. He is also a research associate at the Centre d'Analyse et d'Intervention Sociologiques at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. His books include Struggles for Subjectivity and Global Movements.

1. The Return of Violence
2. Terrorism
3. Competing Perspectives
4. Terror, Violence and the Student Movement
5. Violence and Nation: the Palestinian Experience
6. Apocalypse Now?
7. Violence, the Mask and the Extreme
8. The Martyr
9. Mediatizing Violence: From Snapshots to the Internet
10. Conclusion: Beyond Terror?


"A lucid and highly sophisticated study of terrorism as a global fact, this is the only book I know of that manages both to analyse existing accounts of the phenomenon, while at the same time offering us provocative new ways of considering it. This is an important intervention on one of the most controversial topics of our times".- Faisal Devji, University Reader in Modern South Asian History and Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, UK
"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, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, USA
"Our Violent World is smart and provocative. Kevin McDonald challenges students and scholars who look for the strategies behind collective violence to take seriously its affective and experiential dimensions." - Jeff Goodwin, Professor of Sociology, New York University, USA
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