In response to the growth of a critical perspective on contemporary issues of terrorism, this edited volume brings together a number of leading scholars to debate the new subfield of 'critical terrorism studies'.
In the years since the 9/11 attacks, terrorism studies has undergone a major transformation from minor subfield of security studies into a large stand-alone field, and is probably one of the fastest expanding areas of research in the Western academic world. However, much of the literature is beset by a number of problems, limiting its potential for producing rigorous empirical findings and genuine theoretical advancement. In response to these weaknesses in the broader field, a small but increasing number of scholars have begun to articulate a critical perspective on contemporary issues of terrorism. This volume brings together a number of leading scholars to debate the need for and the shape of this exciting new subfield.The first part of the volume examines some of the main shortcomings and limitations of orthodox terrorism studies, while the second examines exactly what a 'critical' terrorism studies would look like. Contributors from a variety of methodological and disciplinary perspectives give this volume diversity, and it will lay the foundations for, and provoke debate about, the future research agenda of this new field.
This book will be of much interest to students of critical security studies, terrorism studies and IR theory in general.
Richard Jackson is Reader in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, where he is also Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Contemporary Political Violence (CSRV). He is the founding editor of the journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism. Marie Breen Smyth is Director of the Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Contemporary Political Violence (CSRV) at Aberystwyth University. She is a Reader in International Politics and co-editor of the journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism. Jeroen Gunning is Lecturer in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Contemporary Political Violence and co-editor of the journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism.
'Starting from a caustic, but well-founded, assessment of the serious limits of mainstream approaches to terrorism, the many interesting contributions in this precious volume convincingly argue why and how critical thinking can contribute to the understanding of political violence.'
Donatella Della Porta, European University Institute , Italy
Introduction: The Case for Critical Terrorism Studies Marie Breen Smyth, Jeroen Gunning and Richard Jackson Part 1: The Contemporary Study of Polictical Terrorism 1. Mapping Terrorism Studies after 9/11: An Academic Field of Old Problems and New Prospects Magnus Ranstorp 2. Contemporary Terrorism Studies: Issues in Research Andrew Silke 3. In the Service of Power: Terrorism Studies and US Intervention in the Global South Sam Raphael 4. Knowledge, Power and Politics in the Study of Political Terrorism Richard Jackson Part 2: Critical Approaches to the Study of Political Terrorism 5. Exploring a Critical Theory Approach to Terrorism Studies Harmonie Toros and Jeroen Gunning 6. Emancipation and Critical Terrorism Studies Matt McDonald 7. Middle East Area Studies and Terrorism Studies: Establishing Links via a Critical Approach Katerina Dalacoura 8. The Contribution of Anthropology to Critical Terrorism Studies Jeffrey A. Sluka 9. Social Movement Theory and the Study of Terrorism Jeroen Gunning 10. The Contemporary ‘Mahabharata’ and the Many ‘Draupadis’: Bringing Gender to Critical Terrorism Studies Christine Sylvester and Swati Parashar 11. Subjectivities, ‘Suspect Communities’, Governments, and the Ethics of Research on ‘Terrorism’ Marie Breen Smyth 12. Critical Terrorism Studies: Framing a New Research Agenda Richard Jackson, Jeroen Gunning and Marie Breen Smyth