This major new textbook will equip students with a complete understanding of contemporary politics, state and society in the United Kingdom today. Key underlying themes include: The differences between traditional and alternative ‘sites of power’ and what we mean by ‘political’ the relationships between politics, society and how individuals become and remain engaged with politics the rapid transformations in contemporary social structures and their impact on social and political life the role of human agency and its significance to social and political action and movements contemporary cultural and social dislocations and their impact on some of the major contested areas of political life today. Key features include: Key concepts and issues Key theorists and writers Discussion questions Comprehensive and accessible, An Introduction to Politics, State & Society is an essential text for all undergraduate students of politics, the contemporary state, power and political sociology.

Northern Ireland, Political Violence and the Politics of Terrorism

Northern Ireland, political violence and the politics of terrorism

Key Concepts and Issues

  • The conflict in Northern Ireland
  • Ideologies of the conflict
  • The politics of peace
  • Political violence and terrorism
  • Defining terrorism

Key Theorists and Writers

  • Noam Chomsky
  • John Darby
  • Walter Laqueur
  • Valerie Morgan
  • Rosemary Sales
  • Jon Tonge
  • John Whyte

The use of the term ‘the Northern Ireland problem’, with its implication that a solution lies around the corner for anyone ingenious enough to find it, is misleading. The most recent violence lasted for more than 25 years. The background conflict stretches back at least to the seventeenth century, and some believe the twelfth century; the very choice of date has a political connotation. Today the Northern Irish conflict is a tangle of inter-related questions. (Darby, 1997: 55)

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