"Increasing globalization encourages terrorism, and the idea of 'one world' fuels violence: that's the concept in How Globalization Spurs Terrorism, which analyzes modern Islamic terrorism in the context of increasing world connections. College-level libraries strong in global studies will find this a fine acquisition." - The Midwest Book ReviewReseña del editor:
This book shows how globalization can give rise to radicalization, conflict, terror, and a clash of ideologies.This book explores modern Islamic terrorism in the context of globalization and cultural evolution. 21st century terrorism is different and new, first because it relies heavily on electronic communication systems and other aspects of modern technologies, and second, because it is largely a product of fractured globalization, with its associated threats to the collective identity of Muslims. Part one of this work contrasts globalization as an ideal with globalization as it is actually taking place, with its enormous contradictions and threats. The author, a highly respected terrorism and conflict researcher, argues that globalization is resulting in serious threats to the basic psychological needs of some, particularly in connection with collective identity.Part two explores how globalization has brought sudden contact between different groups with no previous history of large-scale contact, resulting in a rapid decline in diversity. Terrorism is one of the dysfunctional defence mechanisms of people in such conditions, facing external threats. Part three describes long-term solutions, focusing particularly on the role of women and the nature of the family in traditional Islamic societies.The author shows us why globalization is resulting what he calls "catastrophic evolution," the rapid decline and disappearance of minority cultures and languages, and why that brings a clash of ideologies and the rise of extremism. There are also other dangerous trends, and those call for inspired solutions, springing from and understanding that traditional conflict-resolution, evolved in the shadow of the Cold War, is no longer effective and needs to change.
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