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Tore Bjorgo: Strategies for Preventing Terrorism

Crime, Law and Social Change

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Neither American law enforcement nor criminology was prepared for the events of September 11, 2001. Prior to 9/11, few criminologists had paid much scholarly attention to terrorism or terrorists. The situation has changed of course, and the study of terror, terrorists and the reaction to both has moved into the mainstream of what criminologists do as researchers and as teachers. Indeed, it is not an overstatement to say that academic degree programs and certificates for university level credit to study terrorism have expanded faster and more broadly than terrorism itself.

Strategies for Preventing Terrorism is an important book for those who study terrorism and terrorists. But it is more than that. Because of its effective integration into mainstream criminology and criminal justice practice, this book should have wide readership among scholars and practitioners. Bjorgo builds on a number of theories (deterrence, life course, rational choice) and study topics (recruitment and joining gr ...