The subject of terrorism is one that is not traditionally included in discussions of social problems. However, it has come to feature so strongly in so many people’s lives that it is now being recognized as quite a significant social problem worthy of close attention. This chapter therefore provides an introductory overview of some of the key issues involved. As we shall see, terrorism is a complex topic, but it is also one that fits with the pattern of being closely related to; (i) inequality; and (ii) other social problems. I earlier explained the significance of globalization, the process whereby modern communications technology has played an important role in bringing nations together in ways that were previously impossible. We now have much more of a global economy, in the sense that the movement of goods and resources across the world is facilitated. Markets are now generally international, and there are implications of that at a number of levels. We are now more aware, for example, of the significance of different cultures and different worldviews. One of the consequences of that is that there can be significant ideological and worldview differences across nations, cultures and communities.
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