1st Edition

Terrorism and Policy Relevance Critical Perspectives

Edited By James Fitzgerald, Nadya Ali, Megan Armstrong Copyright 2018
    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    164 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the interrelationship between terrorism and policy relevance from a range of critical perspectives. In particular, it questions the politics of policy-relevance; that is, it interrogates how epistemological and practical pressures to produce "policy-relevant" research shapes prevalent understandings of (counter)terrorism, and vice-versa.

    It also reflects on Critical Terrorism Studies’ (CTS) relationship to policy-relevance. Should CTS eschew engagement with policy-relevance and maintain a position outside the orthodoxy, or are CTS scholars uniquely positioned to offer meaningful alternatives to contemporary counterterrorism practices? Read thus, the question of policy relevance is central to CTS’ identity and represents an essential juncture as to how associated scholarship might develop into the future.


    1. Editors’ introduction: critical terrorism studies: reflections on policy-relevance and disciplinarity James Fitzgerald, Nadya Ali and Megan Armstrong


    2. Critical terrorism studies, victimisation, and policy relevance: compromising politics or challenging hegemony? Will McGowan

    3. Terror from behind the keyboard: conceptualising faceless detractors and guarantors of security in cyberspace Gareth Mott

    4. "Read it in the papers, seen it on TV…": the 1981 Libyan hit squad scare as a case of simulated terrorism in the United States Adrian Hänni

    5. Ask the audience: television, security and Homeland Louise Pears

    6. Interrogating representations of "militants" and "terrorists" in the United States’ Militant Imagery Project and the Counterterrorism Calendar Priya Dixit

    Comment and Debate

    7. To be or not to be policy relevant? Power, emancipation and resistance in CTS research Richard Jackson

    8. Dialogue, praxis and the state: a response to Richard Jackson Harmonie Toros

    Conversations in Critical Studies on Terrorism

    9. Counter-radicalisation policy across Europe: an interview with Maarten van de Donk (Radicalisation Awareness Network) James Fitzgerald

    10. Frontline perspectives on preventing violent extremism: an interview with Alyas Karmani (STREET UK) James Fitzgerald


    James Fitzgerald is Lecturer in Terrorism Studies at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University and co-convenor of the BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group. His current research interests include everyday resistances to (counter)terrorism; the political ontology of terrorism; and exploring (in)orthodoxies of "academic writing" and the types of knowledge produced thereof.

    Nadya Ali is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex. She is currently a co-convenor of the BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group. Nadya has published on topics including the female jihad, counter-radicalisation in the UK and UK mosque reforms in the last decade.

    Megan Armstrong is co-convenor of the BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group. Her main research interests focus on examines the role of the sexualised body in violent identity politics.