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Constructing the Cyberterrorist

Critical Reflections on the UK Case, 1st Edition

By Gareth Mott


176 pages

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pub: 2019-12-16
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This book maps and analyses the official British construction of the threat of cyberterrorism.

By using interpretive discourse analysis, this book identifies ‘strands’ from a corpus of policy documents, statements and speeches from UK ministers, MPs and peers, between 12 May 2010 and 24 June 2016. The book examines how the threat of cyberterrorism was constructed in the UK, and what this securitisation has made possible. The author makes novel contributions to the Copenhagen School’s ‘securitisation theory’ framework by outlining a ‘tiered’ rather than monolithic audience system; refining the ‘temporal’ and ‘spatial’ conditioning of a securitisation with reference to the distinctive characteristics of cyberterrorism; and, lastly, by detailing the way in which popular fiction can be ascribed agency to ‘fill in’ an absence of ‘cyberterrorism’ case studies. He also argues that the UK government’s classification of cyberterrorism as a ‘Tier One’ threat created a central strand upon which a discursive securitisation was established.

This book will be of interest to students of critical security studies, terrorism studies, UK politics and IR.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Locating the ‘Cyberterrorist’ within Cyberspace and Academia

1. Interpreting the Construction of Hypothetical Threatening Actors in Cyberspace

2. The Discursive Construction of the Threat of Cyberterrorism to the United Kingdom

3. Running out of Time: Cyberterrorism as a Temporally Distinct Threat

4. Locating the Cyberterrorist: Cyberterrorism as a Spatially Unique Threat

5. Narrating the Cyberterrorist: From Fiction to Reality


About the Author

Gareth Mott is a Lecturer in Security and Intelligence at the University of Kent, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Terrorism Studies

This book series will publish rigorous and innovative studies on all aspects of terrorism, counter-terrorism and state terror. It seeks to advance a new generation of thinking on traditional subjects, investigate topics frequently overlooked in orthodox accounts of terrorism and to apply knowledge from disciplines beyond International Relations and Security Studies. Books in this series will typically adopt approaches informed by critical-normative theory, post-positivist methodologies and non-Western perspectives, as well as rigorous and reflective orthodox terrorism studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism