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Routledge Critical Terrorism Studies

About the Series

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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Counterterrorism Strategies in Egypt Permanent Exceptions in the War on Terror

Counterterrorism Strategies in Egypt: Permanent Exceptions in the War on Terror

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By Ahmed M. Abozaid
December 30, 2021

This book reveals how counterterrorism discourses and practices became the main tool of a systematic violation of human rights in Egypt after the Arab Uprising. It examines how the civic and democratic uprising in Egypt turned into robust authoritarianism under the pretence of counterterrorism and ...

China’s Soft War on Terror Space-Making Processes of Securitisation

China’s Soft War on Terror: Space-Making Processes of Securitisation

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By Tianyang Liu
November 30, 2021

This book explores how the Chinese government reasserts its control and management of public spaces as part of its overall counter-terrorism strategy. The work focuses primarily on the banal and alternative forms that China’s ‘war on terror’ takes: the everyday, non-military, socio-economic and ...

The UN and Counter-Terrorism Global Hegemonies, Power and Identities

The UN and Counter-Terrorism: Global Hegemonies, Power and Identities

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By Alice Martini
February 16, 2021

This book traces the evolution of the UN Security Council’s actions against terrorism and extremism. The work examines the progression of the UN Security Council’s fight against international terrorism and its development of practices to prevent radicalisation and extremism. It also looks at the ...

Bringing Normativity into Critical Terrorism Studies

Bringing Normativity into Critical Terrorism Studies

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Edited By Alice Martini
October 26, 2020

This book explores and inquiries into the interrelation between normativity and Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS) from a wide range of critical views. The volume draws together authors with very different positions and understandings of normativity and policy-implementations in relation to ...

Unknowing the ‘War on Terror’ The Pleasures of Risk

Unknowing the ‘War on Terror’: The Pleasures of Risk

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By Tina Managhan
February 17, 2020

This book offers new insights into the excesses and uncanniness of the ‘War on Terror’ via an engagement with the pleasures of risk. Engaging with the unconscious, the excess, the uncanny and the spectacular dimensions of the ‘War on Terror’ – as made evident, for example, in the 2012 London ...

A Critical Theory of Counterterrorism Ontology, Epistemology and Normativity

A Critical Theory of Counterterrorism: Ontology, Epistemology and Normativity

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By Sondre Lindahl
January 14, 2020

This book offers a theory and model of counterterrorism based on emancipation and non-violence. Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS) scholars have produced wide-ranging and rich critiques of terrorism-related research, as well as state counterterrorism policies and practices. This work aims to fill in...

Constructing the Cyberterrorist Critical Reflections on the UK Case

Constructing the Cyberterrorist: Critical Reflections on the UK Case

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By Gareth Mott
November 08, 2019

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....

Writing Southeast Asian Security Regional Security and the War on Terror after 9/11

Writing Southeast Asian Security: Regional Security and the War on Terror after 9/11

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By Jennifer Mustapha
January 21, 2019

This book is a critical analysis of how the discursive and material practices of the "War on Terror" influenced security politics in Southeast Asia after 9/11. It explores how the US-led War on Terror, operating both as a set of material practices and as a larger discursive framework for security, ...

Islam and Sectarian Violence in Pakistan The Terror Within

Islam and Sectarian Violence in Pakistan: The Terror Within

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By Eamon Murphy
September 18, 2018

This book analyses the growth of sectarian-based terrorist violence in Pakistan, one of the Muslim majority states most affected by sectarian violence, ever since it was established in 1947. Sectarian violence among Muslims has emerged as a major global security problem in recent years. The author ...

De-Radicalisation in the UK Prevent Strategy Security, Identity and Religion

De-Radicalisation in the UK Prevent Strategy: Security, Identity and Religion

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By M. S. Elshimi
August 14, 2018

This book examines de-radicalisation policy in the UK and addresses the contradictions evident in the conceptualisation and practice of de-radicalisation. It explores three main themes that touch upon some of the most pressing issues of our day: security, identity and religion. Situated within the ...

Narratives of Political Violence Life Stories of Former Militants

Narratives of Political Violence: Life Stories of Former Militants

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By Raquel da Silva
July 26, 2018

An exploration of how political violence is constructed, this book presents the life stories of individuals once committed to political transformation through violent means in Portugal. Challenging simplistic conceptualisations about the actors of violence, this book examines issues of temporality...

Russia's Securitization of Chechnya How War Became Acceptable

Russia's Securitization of Chechnya: How War Became Acceptable

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By Julie Wilhelmsen
March 14, 2018

This book provides an in-depth analysis of how mobilization and legitimation for war are made possible, with a focus on Russia's conflict with Chechnya. Through which processes do leaders and their publics come to define and accept certain conflicts as difficult to engage in, and others as logical,...

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