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Terrorism and Homeland Security, 9th Edition

  • Jonathan R. White
  • ISBN-10: 1305633776
  • ISBN-13: 9781305633773
  • 528 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2012, 2009
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

Written by acclaimed national terrorism expert Jonathan R. White, 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 Ninth 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 theories of the world's best terrorist analysts, while focusing on the domestic and international threat of terrorism and basic security issues. He presents essential historical background on the phenomenon of terrorism and the roots of contemporary conflicts, current conflicts shaping the world stage, emerging groups (e.g., Boko Haram, Ansaru, and ISIS), and theoretical and concrete information about Homeland Security organizations. Each chapter also contains a new analysis of probable future trends in terrorism and security. What’s more, the MindTap that accompanies this text helps students practice and master techniques and key concepts while engaging them with video cases, career scenarios, visual summaries, and more.


  • "Expanding the Concept" boxes offer more detail on chapter topics; for instance, "Advantages of the Hawala System", "The Most Common Tactic of Terrorism", and "As Sahaab versus al Hurra."

  • Chapter learning objectives focus students' reading and are reinforced in chapter-ending "Chapter Take Aways" and "Objective Summary" sections.

  • Many chapters include an "Another Perspective" boxed feature -- reflecting the fact that issues in terrorism and homeland security often go beyond a simple two-sided debate. These features introduce controversial opinions and alternative understandings of social processes, giving students a deeper understanding of all the challenges involved. Topics include Force Multipliers, The PKK By Any Other Name, and Media Ownership.

  • 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.

About the Author

Jonathan R. White

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.

Table of Contents

1. The Shifting Definition of Terrorism.
2. Practical Criminology, Radicalization, and Types of Terrorism.
3. Terrorist Financing and Money Laundering.
4. Terrorism and the Media.
5. Force Multipliers, Gender Roles, and Tactics.
6. Long-Term Separatist Terrorism.
7. Nationalistic and Endemic Terrorisms.
8. Background to the Middle East.
9. Terrorism in Israel and Palestine.
10. Revolutionary and Counterrevolutionary Terrorism.
11. Jihadist Networks.
12. Domestic Terrorism.
13. An Introduction to Homeland Security.
14. Organizing Homeland Security.
15. Homeland Security and Constitutional Issues.
16. Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and the Future Word Cited.

New to this edition

  • Updated throughout based upon important trends and recent news events, this edition includes new or expanded material on lone wolf attacks, prison radicalization (Ch. 2); media impact and the contagion effect (Ch. 4); political conditions in Nigeria and Somalia, Boko Haram, al Shabaab (Ch. 7); international jihad and the Syrian civil war (Ch. 8); Colombia's BACRIMs, Naxalite violence in India (Ch. 10); jihadist activities in the U.S. (Ch. 12); drones, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA); the SONY and other hacking attacks (Ch. 16); and many other timely topics.
  • Chapter 3 has been refocused exclusively on terrorist financing, including expanded and up-to-date coverage on money laundering, national and international efforts to control terrorist financing and money laundering, underground economies, how ISIS funds its activities, the Hawala system, intelligence gathering on financial terrorism, and the debate on narcoterrorism.
  • Chapter 5 on tactics and gender roles in terrorism has been completely revised and reorganized. All topics, including gender, are examined within a tactical framework. The chapter includes new gender research and more material on women and terrorism; for instance, stereotypes of femininity in Muslim women; the important roles women play in nationalistic, ideological, and religious groups; and how Arab women are uniting and empowering themselves against the war on terror. There's also new material on gender and suicide bombing.
  • New end-of-chapter features engage students in thinking more deeply about what they have read. These include "What Do You Think?" questions for reflection or essays and "Exercising Your Skills" activities that present a practical problem and ask students to apply what they have learned. For instance, in Chapter 2, students are asked to create a comprehensive definition of radicalization and then examine it to assess whether it violates the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • MindTap for Terrorism and Homeland Security, 9th Edition has met the Quality Matters Review Standards and is Quality Matters Certified. For more information, visit


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305640632 | ISBN-13: 9781305640634)

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