International Journal of Comparative Sociology

This bi-yearly journal publishes research, studies made in different cultures and societies and articles of interest to the international social science community.

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 1-2, February-April

Introduction: Critical Perspectives on Terrorism
Terrorism is a term constructed during the European Enlightenment era and inextricably associated with nation-building. To argue that terrorism has existed for all time is not only imprecise, but also creates serious problems for scholars who try to...
New Directions for Terrorism Research
Introduction We have two general goals. First, we want to urge terrorism researchers to take a more comparative approach than has been used previously, as the presence of an earlier wave of terrorism, the largely anarchist inspired events of 1878-1914,...
Remembering Andre Gunder Frank
Andre Gunder Frank was born in 1929 and died in 2005. He was one of the major figures of world anti-Establishment thought in the 20th century, and his writings were a great influence on very many people, certainly on me. He started intellectual life...
State Terrorism and Globalization: The Cases of Ethiopia and Sudan
Introduction In this article, I examine the essence of state terrorism in Ethiopia and Sudan in regional and global contexts. From the late 19th century to the present, the 'modern' Ethiopian and Sudanese states have been formed, consolidated, and...
State Torture in the Contemporary World
The international political debate and media focus on the abuse of Iraqi detainees by American soldiers and interrogators at Abu Ghraib prison outside of Baghdad and the treatment of foreign detainees at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has raised...
Terror as Strategy and Relational Process
Harvard social science lecturer Jessica Stern has written a vivid first-person I was-there book called Terror in the Name of God. Stern recounts how after years as an expert on terrorism--the Council on Foreign Relations gave her the resounding title...
Terrorism and Collective Memories: Comparing Bologna, Naples and Madrid 11 March
Introduction Since the attacks of 11 September 2001 and 11 March 2004, the international debate on terrorism has entered a new phase, in which many social scientists have felt an urgent need to apply sociological categories to better understand...
Terrorism as Deviance or Social Control: Suggestions for Future Research
Introduction Under what conditions are acts of deviance or social control defined as terrorism, and what are the mechanisms devised for the ostensible resolution of these acts? As straightforward as these questions may appear, they involve a complex...
Terror, Media, and Moral Boundaries
Introduction 'One person's terrorist is another's freedom fighter' is a common statement. And, indeed, some famous world leaders were incarcerated or hunted as 'terrorists', only to appear years later as genuine freedom fighters for peace. Israel's...
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