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Conducting Terrorism Field Research: A Guide (Contemporary Terrorism Studies) Hardcover – April 22, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0415609302 ISBN-10: 0415609305 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Terrorism Studies
  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415609305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415609302
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,087,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


'First-hand field research is a vital part of original scholarship on
terrorism. This excellent volume draws on a wide range of cases, and a rich
body of high-quality research experience, to provide insights which will be
of enormous value to scholars in the future.'
-- Richard English, University of St Andrews

'A uniquely useful compendium of expert guidance on one of the most daunting obstacles to productive research on terrorism:  field work.  This contribution fills a large gap.' -- Martha Crenshaw, Stanford University 


'An essential primer for anyone contemplating field work in war or conflict zones, Conducting Terrorism Field Research distills best practices, dispenses practical guidance and provides critical preparatory advice to anyone contemplating or undertaking such research.' -- Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University

'Violence requires justification. This is also true for terrorism. Terrorists want to explain and hope to be understood. In this ground-breaking volume, 16 researchers describe their journeys into the lion's den and the practical, methodological and ethical problems they encountered when interviewing terrorists. If further proof were needed that the field of terrorism studies has achieved a higher level of maturity, this volume, introduced and edited by Adam Dolnik, provides it.' -- Alex Schmid, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, The Hague

About the Author

Adam Dolnik is Professor of Counterterrorism at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies in Germany, and Professor of Terrorism Studies at the University of Wollongong in Australia. He is the author of Understanding Terrorist Innovation: Technologies, Tactics, and Global Trends (Routledge, 2007) and Negotiating Hostage Crises with the New Terrorists (2008), as well as over 50 reports and articles on terrorism-related issues.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gre4t Moments on October 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Conducting Terrorism Field Research: A Guide is a great book as a general overview of terrorism research. Adam Dolink who authored Understanding Terrorist Innovation: Technology, Tactics and Global Trends and co-authored Negotiating Hostage Crises with the New Terrorists is a doyen in the field of terrorism studies.

This is indeed a great book, for those who are entering the field of terrorism research, however, as I mentioned it’s an overview rather a guide. Just like Andrew Silk’s brilliant book Research on Terrorism:Trends,Achievements and Failures; this book looks terrorism research in various perspectives and many of them are personal accounts of challenges in a particular area of research. In other words, this book is a great introduction to the field research in the area of terrorism.

If you filter research accounts, personal notes, and reflections, there are some great advices on interviewing, budgeting, risk assessment and cautions. However, the book seriously lacks in depth understanding of conducting field research, and strays from the original path into diverse subjects related to general research tips. Research methodologies, emerging trends, meeting with subcultures and other important topics are ignored in this book. For example, ethnographic participant observation, combining multiple research methods (often essential in terrorism research) and similar topics is what we are expecting from a field research guide. When it comes to terrorism research are great books like Schmid’s Routledge Handbook of Terrorism Research and Andrew Silk’s book I mentioned, have already gone through the subject matter.
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