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Terrorism and the Politics of Naming

1st Edition

Edited by Michael Bhatia


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Previously published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly, this volume assesses the nature, power, role and function of names in global politics and the international media.

Names are not objective, they accrue subjective associations, for example 'Terrorist' has a very different connotation to 'Freedom-fighter'. The contributors seek the truth beneath the names assigned in an effort to remove the obscurity created by the power of 'the politics of naming' to the reality of the situation, taking examples from Al Qaeda, Russia's demonization of the Chechens and naming in the Israeli-Palestine conflict, among other important contemporary debates. Terrorism and the Politics of Naming makes a substantial contribution towards elucidating the power of naming in the discourse of conflict and will be of great interest to students and scholars of political philosophy, political theory, and politics and the media.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors. 1. Fighting Words: Naming Terrorists, Bandits, Rebels and Other Violent Actors 2. Imaging Terror: Logos, Pathos and Ethos 3. Al-Qaeda - Terrorists, Hypocrites, Fundamentalists? The View from Within 4. Savagery in Democracy's Empire 5. Bandits and Blanket Thieves, Communists and Terrorists: The Politics of Naming Sandinistas in Nicaragua, 1927-36 and 1979-90 6. Liberation Struggle or Terrorism? The Politics of Naming the Ltte 7. Terrorists, Bandits, Spooks and Thieves: Russian Demonisation of the Chechens Before and Ssince 9/11 8. Savage Wars? Codes of Violence in Algeria, 1830s-1990s 9. Israeli Snipers in the Al-Aqsa Intifada: Killing, Humanity and Lived Experience 10. Words as Interventions: Naming in the Palestine-Israel Conflict 11. Know thy Enemy: Hizbullah, 'Terrorism' and the Politics of Perception 12. Themes in Official Discourses on Terrorism in Central Asia

About the Editor

Michael Bhatia is at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford

About the Series


THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security