The book “Single-Issue Terrorism” is the first monograph on the market thoroughly and exclusively addressing the growing phenomenon of this kind of terrorist activities. The reason behind writing about this type of offence is its progressiveMoreThe book “Single-Issue Terrorism” is the first monograph on the market thoroughly and exclusively addressing the growing phenomenon of this kind of terrorist activities. The reason behind writing about this type of offence is its progressive radicalization, expanding multiplicity of its forms and manifestations, as well as a permanent evolution of methods and tactics of individuals and groups who commit it.
It is not to forget that single-issue terrorism, or special interest terrorism, is not a marginal or atrophic phenomenon but an issue of high danger potential, dynamic and liable to change in time and space, and as such, it deserves a comprehensive and explanatory study that would not only broaden the understanding of it within the social sciences but also, and foremost, could be used as a theoretical guideline in fighting against it.The monograph consists of six chapters. In the first chapter the authors quote and analyze various definitions of single-issue terrorism and conclude that at the present developmental stage of the knowledge on the issue there are always terminological decisions to be made what should and should not be qualified as terrorism.
The authors follow a general distinction between terrorism as actions of groups or individuals who use direct violence, and sabotage – the actions where indirect violence occurred.Chapters two, three and four focus on, respectively, animal rights, environmental, and anti-abortion terrorism. Each of those chapters is divided into three main parts, one that provides the information on ideological background of the movement, one drafting a historical development of the movement, and one in which particular terrorist activities are scrutinized.In the fifth chapter the authors turn the attention to the new methods and ways of organizing of terrorist cells and activities.
The special emphasis is put here on leaderless resistance and lone wolves activities and the need for working out new, more adequate forms of fighting against these kinds of offence.The closing chapter of the monograph provides an argument that in the new, technologically determined reality of growing terrorist threats the most efficient way to eliminate those dangers is to target the emission sources of the “fighting ideas,” their internet-based information and motivation centers.