The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.


Ignacio Snchez-Cuenca


Terrorism has predominantly been researched in the field of International Relations (IR) and, more specifically, in Security Studies. Until quite recently, the only datasets available were those that registered international attacks, which was the main concern of IR scholars: they focused on events such as the hijackings carried out by Palestinian organizations or Hezbollah's attacks abroad. International terrorism, however, is a specific form of violence, which is far from being representative of terrorism in general.

Domestic terrorism is far more frequent (Sánchez-Cuenca & De la Calle, 2009). Traditionally, scholars have opted to analyze terrorist groups in case studies by describing their tactics, ideology and organization. In fact, there has been greater interest in accumulating case studies than in comparative ...

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