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Counter Terrorism and Social Cohesion

Editor(s): Alperhan Babacan and Hussein Tahiri

Book Description

This book critically examines Australia’s counter terrorism measures by looking at the country’s legislative framework within the context of an international law framework and norms relating to human rights. It discusses the Australian governments justifications for the war on terrorism and sociological theories relating to ‘risk society’ as a way to explain Australia’s counter terrorism policies and the impact of the war on terror on social cohesion in Australia. It looks at the adverse impacts of the war on terror on Muslims in Australia and their sense of belonging in a multicultural society and analyses these developments from a sociological perspective. The book also explores the recent shift in the Australian governments’ approach to countering terrorism, a shift from a coercive approach to tackling terrorism to a community engagement approach focused on building relationships and trust with Australia’s diverse communities, particularly the Muslim community.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3292-2
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3292-8
Date of Publication: 01/10/2011
Pages / Size: 150 / A5
Price: £34.99


Dr Alperhan Babacan is the Program Director for the Juris Doctor Program at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He holds degrees in Law and Political Science and a PhD from RMIT University. He has worked as a lawyer, a researcher and an academic. Dr Babacan’s research mainly revolves around human rights law. He has published in national and international journals and has written several books on human rights.

Dr Hussein Tahiri completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2001. He has worked as a Lecturer in Middle Eastern Politics. He is a commentator on Middle Eastern affairs and has widely published in the Australian and international media. Dr Tahiri is currently an Adjunct Research Associate at the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University.