1st Edition

Critical Methods in Terrorism Studies

By Priya Dixit, Jacob L. Stump Copyright 2016
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book shows how to use a range of critical approaches to conduct research on terrorism.

    Featuring the work of researchers who have already utilized these methods to study terrorism, it includes a diverse range of critical methodological approaches – including discourse analysis, feminist, postcolonial, ethnographic, critical theory, and visual analysis of terrorism. The main objectives of the book are to assist researchers in adopting and applying various critical approaches to the study of terrorism. This goal is achieved by bringing together a number of different scholars working on the topic of terrorism from a range of non-variables-based approaches. Their individual chapters discuss explicitly the research methods used and methodological commitments made by the authors, while also illustrating the application of their particular critical perspective to the topic of terrorism. The authors of each chapter will discuss (1) why they chose their specific critical method; (2) how they justified their methodological stance; (3) how they conduct their research; (4) and, finally, an example of the research.

    This book will be essential reading for students of terrorism studies and critical terrorism studies, and highly recommended for students of political violence, security studies and IR.

    1. Introduction, Jacob Stump and Priya Dixit  2. Reading Documents in their Wider Context: Foucauldian and Realist Approaches to Terrorism Discourse, Jonathan Joseph 3. Applying Marxism to Critical Terrorism Studies: Analysis Through a Historical Materialist Lens, David Maher and Andrew Thomson 4. Terrorists as Co-Participants? Outline of a Research Model, Harmonie Toros 5. Ecologizing "Terrorism": Attending to Emergent Pathways of Ethnographic Fieldwork, Writing and Analysis, Yamuna Sangarasivam 6. Critical Discourse Analysis, Richard Jackson 7. Metaphor Analysis as a Method in Terrorism Studies, Alexander Spencer 8. Terrorism: Knowledge, Power, Subjectivity, Verena Erlenbusch 9. ‘Why Does the World Think We Are the Terrorists? We Are Not the Terrorists!’ Using a Reflexive Postcolonial Methodology in the West Bank of the Palestinian Territories, Caitlin Ryan 10. Marginality as a Feminist Research Method in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Studies, Katherine Brown 11. Talking about Revolution: Ex-militant Testimony and Conditions of ‘Tell-ability’, Charlotte Heath-Kelly 12. Visualizing Others: A Conversation with Cynthia Weber on Films and Visuality in the "War on Terror", Cynthia Weber (with Priya Dixit) 13. Falling Bodies: Confronting the Iconography of Terror, Francois Debrix Conclusion, Priya Dixit and Jacob Stump


    Priya Dixit is assistant professor at the Department of Political Science, Virginia Tech, USA.

    Jacob L. Stump is assistant professor of political science at Shepherd University, USA.