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Criminological concepts and empirical studies of terrorism


Criminological concepts and empirical studies of terrorism

START researchers publish new book

June 29, 2015

START Director Gary LaFree and Researcher Joshua Freilich recently published Criminology Theory and Terrorism: New Applications and Approaches. The book, available July 6, focuses on criminological concepts and empirical studies.

Despite the boom in terrorism research in recent years, criminological perspectives have not been applied to the research as frequently as other social and behavioral science viewpoints, including those in political science, psychology and economics. The book includes an array of perspectives, from social disorganization to rational choice, to strain and routine activates theory.