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Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies

Edited By Richard Jackson Copyright 2016
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This new handbook is a comprehensive collection of cutting-edge essays that investigate the contribution of Critical Terrorism Studies to our understanding of contemporary terrorism and counterterrorism.

    Terrorism remains one of the most important security and political issues of our time. After 9/11, Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS) emerged as an alternative approach to the mainstream study of terrorism and counterterrorism, one which combined innovative methods with a searching critique of the abuses of the war on terror. This volume explores the unique contribution of CTS to our understanding of contemporary non-state violence and the state’s response to it. It draws together contributions from key thinkers in the field who explore critical questions around the nature and study of terrorism, the causes of terrorism, state terrorism, responses to terrorism, the war on terror, and emerging issues in terrorism research. Covering a wide range of topics including key debates in the field and emerging issues, the Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies will set a benchmark for future research on terrorism and the response to it.

    This handbook will be of great interest to students of terrorism studies, political violence, critical security studies and IR in general.

    1. Introduction: a decade of critical terrorism studies, Richard Jackson  PART 1: Critical approaches to the study of "terrorism" 2. The emergence of terrorism studies as a field, Lisa Stampnitzky 3. Critical terrorism studies after 9/11, Lee Jarvis 4. The real and the bluff: on the ontology of terrorism, Joseba Zulaika 5. Critical epistemologies of terrorism, James Fitzgerald 6. Post-structuralism and constructivism, Charlotte Heath-Kelly 7.Critical theory and terrorism studies: ethics and emancipation, Harmonie Toros 8. The historical materialist approach to critical terrorism studies, Douglas Porpora 9. Methodology and the critical study of terrorism, Jacob Stump  Part 2: The nature and causes of "terrorism" 10. The definition of "terrorism", Timothy Shanahan 11. The narrative of terrorism as an existential threat, Jessica Wolfendale 12. New versus old terrorism, Alexander Spencer 13. Religion and terrorism, Ioannis Tellidis 14. Female terrorism and militancy, Caron Gentry and Laura E. Sjoberg  Part 3: State terrorism 15. Understanding Western state terrorism, Ruth Blakeley and Sam Raphael 16. Torture, Robert Brecher 17. Rendition in the "War on Terror", Sam Raphael and Ruth Blakeley 18. Targeted killing and drone warfare, Laurie Calhoun  Part 4: Contemporary responses to terrorism, 19 The language of counterterrorism, Jack Holland 20. Critical evaluation of counterterrorism, Sondre Lindahl 21. A critical perspective on the global war on terror, Paul Rogers 22. The Governmentality of Terrorism: Uncertainty, Risk Management, and Surveillance, Luca Mavelli 23. Radicalization, De-Radicalization, and Counter-Radicalization, Lasse Lindekilde  Part 5: Emerging debates 24. Eco-terrorism and Expansionary Counter-Terrorism, John Sorenson 25. Media Coverage of Terrorism, Ben O-Loughlin 26. Collective Memory and Terrorism, Charlotte Heath-Kelly 27. Terrorism and Peace Studies, Ioannis Tellidis


    Richard Jackson is Professor of Peace Studies and Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism and author of numerous titles, including most recently Confessions of a Terrorist (2014), Contemporary Debates on Terrorism (co-edited, Routledge 2012) and Terrorism: A Critical Introduction (co-authored, 2011).