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Modern Political Thought: A Reader


Modern Political Thought: A Reader is an excellent introduction to the key works of the major political thinkers from the English Civil War to the end of the 19th Century. It draws together the most important parts of seminal works of political thought such as Hobbes’ Leviathan , Locke’s Treatises , Rousseau’s The Social Contract , and Mill’s On Liberty , together with substantial extracts from Machiavelli’s The Prince and Marx’s Capital. Accessible introductions are provided for each thinker, explaining their lives and works, and placing them in the historical context in which they worked and wrote. Insights into the relationship between the different works of each thinker are also detailed. Political thinkers in this book include Machiavelli; Milton and the Levellers; Hobbes; Locke; Hume; Montesquieu; Smith; Rousseau; Madison and Hamilton; Burke; Paine; Wollestonecraft; Bentham; Mill; Marx.

About the Author

John Gingell and Christopher Winch are lecturers at Nene College of Higher Education, Northampton. Adrian Little is lecturer at Goldsmith’s College, University of London.

The Sociology of Terrorism: People, Places and Processes


This ground breaking manuscript is the first sociological research based textbook for terrorism. An innovative framework is adopted that draws together historical and modern, local and global, social processes for a range of individuals, groups and societies. By embedding individual behaviour and dispositions within broader relationships and activities the author is able to develop a more holistic approach to terrorism. Shifting forms of identification and interwoven attitudes to political violence are illuminated to help explain the emergence, continuation and end of ‘terrorists’ careers. Examples are drawn from across the discursive spectrum including religious, ‘red’, ‘black’ racialist, nationalist and trans-national. Selected locations are, among others, Chechnya, Germany, Italy, Japan, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, South America, United Kingdom and United States. The book is designed to appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics and policy makers across Europe, North America, Middle East, Central, South and Southeast Asia.

About the Author

Stephen Vertigans is Professor of Sociology in the School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, Scotland. He has published widely on terrorism and related militant groups, with recent books including Militant Islam: A Sociology of Characteristics, Causes and Consequences (2009) and Terrorism and Societies (2008).
Introduction 1. A Sociological Approach to Terrorism: People, Places and Processes 2. History: The Legacy of Political Violence 3. Habitus: Terrorism and Violent Dispositions 4. Becoming a ‘Terrorist’: Processes into Groups 5. Group Dynamics: Trusting Terrorists, Secrets and Ties 6. Actions, Tactics and Targets: Emotions and Rationale Behind Terror Attacks 7. The End Game: Stopping and Leaving Terrorism 8. Concluding Thoughts: From Beginning to End.