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Disciplining terror: how experts invented "terrorism"

Disciplining terror: how experts invented "terrorism"

Stampnitzky, Lisa, author

Examines how political violence became 'terrorism', and how this transformation ultimately led to the current 'war on terror'. Since 9/11 we have been told that terrorists are pathological evildoers, beyond our comprehension. Before the 1970s, however, hijackings, assassinations, and other acts we now call 'terrorism' were considered the work of rational strategic actors. Disciplining Terror examines how political violence became 'terrorism', and how this transformation ultimately led to the current 'war on terror'. Drawing upon archival research and interviews with terrorism experts, Lisa Stampnitzky traces the political and academic struggles through which experts made terrorism, and terrorism made experts. She argues that the expert discourse on terrorism operates at the boundary - itself increasingly contested - between science and politics, and between academic expertise and the state. Despite terrorism now being central to contemporary political discourse, there have been few empirical studies of terrorism experts. This book investigates how the concept of terrorism has been developed and used over recent decades

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Published Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Lisa Stampnitzky
ISBN: 1107236614, 9781107236615
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xii, 232 pages : charts (black and white)
Subject: Terrorism.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781107026636