A Communication Approach
Fig. 1. Understanding Terrorism in the Age of Global Media. Courtesy of Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Palgrave Macmillan publishes a new book titled "Understanding Terrorism in the Age of Global Media: A Communication Approach" written by Cristina Archetti from the University of Salford.

Publication Data

Archetti, Cristina. Understanding Terrorism in the Age of Global Media: A Communication Approach. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. ISBN: 9780230360495.


We cannot truly understand terrorism in the 21st century—let alone counter it effectively—unless we also understand the processes of communication that underpin it. The book challenges existing terrorism research showing that current approaches are inadequate and outdated. It exposes the fact that, although we live in an age of interconnectedness shaped by media technologies, both policy makers and security experts know very little about how to make sense of this reality. Among the widespread myths the book dispels are: the idea that new recruits into the ranks of al Qaeda are 'radicalized' by a 'narrative of grievance'; that the removal of extremist websites should be a priority; that 'we' can 'rewrite' terrorists' propaganda; that being a 'global brand' is a source of strength for al Qaeda. This book will be of interest to researchers and students in terrorism studies, communication and media, politics and security.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Introduction: A Different Perspective on Terrorism
The Problems with Terrorism Research
Terrorism, Communication, and the Media 
A Communication Approach
Explaining Radicalisation 
The Role of Narratives
The Al Qaeda Narrative as a Brand
The Way Forward

About the Author

Cristina Archetti is Lecturer in Politics and Media at the University of Salford, UK. She won the 2008 Denis McQuail Best Article of the Year for Advancing Communication Theory award. Her recent publications include Explaining News: National Politics and Journalistic Cultures in Global Context.

To order the book online visit the Palgrave Macmillan website.