The Challenge of Terrorism and Violence to the Free Societies in the Global Village

Paul S. Leighton, Eastern Michigan University

Criminology is an important discipline for helping to make sense of Sept. 11 and contributing to the discussion about what to do next. Criminology has a great deal to learn, coupled with an opportunity to reflect on the discipline's relevance to the problems not just within the U.S., but matters of violence in an increasingly small and interconnected global village. This paper suggests a new paradigm that returns to - and updates - the notion about `the challenge of crime in a free society.' The current challenge is not just crime, but terrorism and violence (both domestic and international); the challenge is to respond in ways consistent with democratic values and increased awareness of international issues (including how the US is seen by a variety of other countries).

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