Cultures of Counterterrorism: French and Italian Responses to Terrorism after 9/11, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Cultures of Counterterrorism

French and Italian Responses to Terrorism after 9/11, 1st Edition

By Silvia D'Amato


264 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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This book investigates counterterrorism responses from a strategic-culturalist perspective, focusing on France and Italy in the post-9/11 era.

Terrorism occupies a predominant space within contemporary political debate across all European countries. Recent attacks in Europe have raised many questions about the status of counterterrorism structures within European countries, revealing a wide range of practical as well as discursive security implications. This work provides an original contribution to the understanding of counterterrorism by asking how values, norms, and a shared sense of identity matter in policy dynamics. It explores and assesses which cultural elements are relevant for the fight against terrorism and investigates the impact which these elements can have on practical approaches to terrorism. Despite the current attention to terrorist attacks in Europe, the cases of France and Italy in counterterrorism affairs are particularly overlooked by the existing literature; this book analyses, questions, and examines the strategy of these two countries through the instruments offered by the culturalist approaches to strategy.

This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism studies, discourse analysis, European politics, security studies, and international relations in general.

Table of Contents

Part 1


2. Dealing with Terrorism: Perspectives, Questions, and the Role of Cultural Factors

Part 2

3. France and Terrorism:History and Policy Solutions of a Long-Standing Transnational Threat

4. France and Strategic Culture. A Demonstrative Politics against Terrorism

Part 3

5.Italy and Terrorism. The History of an Ambitious Safe-Approach

6. Italy and Strategic Culture. Multilateral Forces and a Human Regard in Counter-terrorism

Part 4

7. A Culturally-Shaped Counterterrorism?

8. Conclusions

About the Author

Silvia D’Amato is currently the Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and adjunct faculty at the James Madison University ( Florence Campus). She has a PhD from the Institute of Humanities and Social Science of the Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy.

About the Series

Contemporary Security Studies

This series focuses on new research across the spectrum of international peace and security, in an era where each year throws up multiple examples of conflicts that present new security challenges in the world around them.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / France
HISTORY / Europe / Italy
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern