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ERIC Number: ED505502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
What College Students Learn About Terrorism: A Case Study of IR Textbooks. Footnotes. Volume 7, Number 6
Michalak, Stanley
Foreign Policy Research Institute
As the shock of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks was drawing down, the author decided to peruse the International Relations (IR) textbooks on his home and office shelves to determine what students would find to help them make sense out of the events that so stunned the nation. Consulting ten different textbooks, he found "sloppy definitions, specious moral equivalencies, the uncritical perpetuation of myths about terrorism, descriptive unanalytical filler, superficiality, and banality." Each of these labels is discussed. A list of the reviewed texts is included.
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foreign Policy Research Institute, Wachman Center