Self-contained case studies teach students best practices in interdisciplinary research

Interdisciplinary research is a burgeoning field, largely due to its ability to tackle complex problems facing humanity that extend beyond a single disciplinary perspective and require interdisciplinary thinking and research for their resolution.

Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research successfully applies the model of the interdisciplinary research process outlined by author Allen F. Repko in Interdisciplinary Research, (SAGE ©2008) to a wide spectrum of challenging research questions. Self-contained case studies, written by leaders in interdisciplinary research, and utilizing best-practice techniques in conducting interdisciplinary research shows students how to apply the interdisciplinary research process to a variety of problems.

Integrating Theory-Based Insights on the Causes of Suicide Terrorism
Allen F.Repko

One of the most insidious forms of terrorism is suicide terrorism. This is the “intentional killing of oneself for the purpose of killing others in the service of a political or ideological goal” (Hronick, 2006, p. 2).1 Since the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, research on terrorism has increasingly focused on suicide terrorism because these attacks have increased in frequency and ferocity, with more than 180 occurring each year since 2001. From 2000 to 2004, there were 470 suicide attacks in 22 countries, killing more than 7,000 people and wounding tens of thousands, including women and children. Since 2005, suicide attacks have spread to Afghanistan, Britain, India, Pakistan, China, and ...

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