The criminology of terrorism: closing the gap

Brooks, Graham (2007) The criminology of terrorism: closing the gap. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This literature review into terrorism and criminology was designed to look at and critically examine why there is a conflict between criminology and terrorism studies. It attempted to close the gap between criminology and terrorism by identifying what can be done to integrate the two through current theoretical models. The findings of this dissertation are very interesting from all perspectives discussed. The initial finding was more a by-product of the analysis itself. There is a severe lack of criminological research on the construction of terrorism. The further in depth the study goes the more problems arise with established contemporary theoretical of terrorism. Applying fundamental criminology to the failings of religious and political explanations of terrorism aids our understanding of what terrorism is, why it occurs and how to deal with it effectively. The analysis also discovered that it is possible to integrate current theoretical approaches in order to see if the applied research explains the actions of Aum Shinrikyo. The dissertation was conducted as a critical literature review of terrorism and criminology. The method of analysis was split up into three sections: First, the gathering of information and sources. Second, the filtering and sifting of data and theory in order to only analysis the most relevant of information. And finally, the critical analysis of the recommended sources was initiated. In essence, this dissertation was not an attempt to solely examine the criminology of terrorism. It was an attempt to integrate criminology through a synthesis of relevant and focused concepts.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13

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