This volume aims to ‘bring the state back into terrorism studies’ and fill the notable gap that currently exists in our understanding of the ways in which states employ terrorism as a political strategy of internal governance or foreign policy.
Within this broader context, the volume has a number of specific aims. First, it aims to make the argument that state terrorism is a valid and analytically useful concept which can do much to illuminate our understanding of state repression and governance, and illustrate the varieties of actors, modalities, aims, forms, and outcomes of this form of contemporary political violence. Secondly, by discussing a rich and diverse set of empirical case studies of contemporary state terrorism this volume explores and tests theoretical notions, generates new questions and provides a resource for further research. Thirdly, it contributes to a critical-normative approach to the study of terrorism more broadly and challenges dominant approaches and perspectives which assume that states, particularly Western states, are primarily victims and not perpetrators of terrorism. Given the scarceness of current and past research on state terrorism, this volume will make a genuine contribution to the wider field, particularly in terms of ongoing efforts to generate more critical approaches to the study of political terrorism.
This book will be of much interest to students of critical terrorism studies, critical security studies, terrorism and political violence and political theory in general.
Richard Jackson is Reader in International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He is the founding editor of the Routledge journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism and the convenor of the BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group (CSTWG). Eamon Murphy is Professor of History and International Relations at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. Scott Poynting is Professor in Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University.
'The value of this collection lies in the fact that it goes further than simply charting state-perpetrated harms and denouncing them as examples of state terror. It also provides a robust analytical and comparative framework within which the phenomenon of state terrorism can be defined, conceptualized and addressed.' - Nesam McMillan, State Crime, 2012
'…this is an important and challenging book that addresses fundamental issues of state practice. The authors develop arguments that are both compelling and subtle. While the book adds to the wider literature on state crime and will be valuable to those teaching across a range of disciplines, it also provides a solid platform for future criminological research.' - Michael Grewcock, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
1. State Terrorism in the Social Sciences: Theories, Methods and Concepts Ruth Blakeley 2. Darfur's Dread: Contemporary State Terrorism in the Sudan David Mickler 3. State Terrorism and the Military in Pakistan Eamon Murphy and Aazar Tamana 4. Israel's Other Terrorism Challenge Sandra Nasr 5. 'We have no orders to save you': State Terrorism, Politics and Communal Violence in the Indian state of Gujarat, 2002 Eamon Murphy 6. The Politics of Convenient Silence in Southern Africa: Relocating the Terrorism of the State Joan Wardrop 7. Revenge and Terror: The Destruction of the Palestinian Community in Kuwait Victoria Mason 8. Winning Hearts and Mines: The Bougainville Crisis, 1988-90 Kristian Lasslett 9. Paramilitarism and State Terror in Colombia Sam Raphael 10. ‘We are all in Guantanamo’: State Terror and the case of Mamdouh Habib Scott Poynting 11. From Garrison State to Garrison Planet: State Terror, the War on Terror and the Rise of a Global Carceral Complex Jude McCulloch 12. The Deterrence Logic of State Warfare: Israel and the Second Lebanon War, 2006 Karine Hamilton Conclusion: Contemporary State Terrorism: Towards a New Research Agenda Richard Jackson