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1st Edition

The Terrorism Spectacle

ISBN 9780367311964
Published November 9, 2020 by Routledge
221 Pages

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Book Description

How terrorism is portrayed by the news media, and thus perceived by the public, is directly linked to government's foreign policy goals. Steven Livingston demonstrates the complex interactions among the press, the public, and political actors in illuminating a policymaking process that relies on image management as one strategy in achieving policy objectives–not just in combating terrorism but also in handling other foreign policy problems.

Table of Contents

Preface -- Political Power, Violence, and the News Media -- Counterterrorism in the 1980s and 1990s: The Case of Iraq -- "Quality" and "Marginalized" Violence: The Non-Terrorism of American-Backed Guerrilla Groups -- Political Violence and the Official Designation of “Terrorism” -- Managing the News and Setting the Agenda -- Press Treatment of Alleged U.S. Ties to Salvadoran State Terrorism -- The Terrorism Spectacle: Foreign Policy Objectives -- The Terrorism Spectacle: Domestic Policy Objectives -- Considering Alternatives -- Appendix

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Steven Livingston