Terrorism and the Politics of Response

Edited by Angharad Closs Stephens, Nick Vaughan-Williams

© 2009 – Routledge

226 pages

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About the Book

This inter-disciplinary edited volume critically examines the dynamics of the War on Terror, focusing on the theme of the politics of response.

The book explores both how responses to terrorism - by politicians, authorities and the media - legitimise particular forms of sovereign politics, and how terrorism can be understood as a response to global inequalities, colonial and imperial legacies, and the dominant idioms of modern politics.

The investigation is made against the backdrop of the 7 July 2005 bombings in London and their aftermath, which have gone largely unexamined in the academic literature to date. The case offers a provocative site for analysing the diverse logics implicated in the broader context of the War on Terror, for examining how terrorist events are framed, and how such framings serve to legitimise particular policies and political practices.

Table of Contents

Foreword Marie Fatayi-Williams Introduction: London in a Time of TerrorAngharad Closs Stephens and Nick Vaughan-Williams Part I Cartographies of Response 1. Missing Persons: London, July 2005 Jenny Edkins 2. Security, Multiculturalism, and the Cosmopolis Vivienne Jabri 3. 7 Million Londoners; 1 London: National and Urban Ideas of CommunityAngharad Closs Stephens Part II War on Terror/War on Response 4. Foreign’ Terror? Resisting/Responding to the London Bombings Dan Bulley 5. The Shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes: New Border Politics? Nick Vaughan-Williams 6. Terror Time in Toronto: A Response to the Response to the Arrests of the Toronto 17 Patricia Molloy 7. Response Before the Event: On Forgetting the War on Terror Louise Amoore Part III Possibilities of Response? 8. Cosmpolitanism vs. Terrorism? Discourses of Ethical Possibility Before, and After 7/7 James Brassett 9. Finding meaning in meaningless times: emotional responses to terror threats in London? Chris Rumford 10. The Ontopolitics of Response: Difference, Alterity and the FaceMadeleine Fagan 11. July 2, July 7 and Metaphysics Costas Douzinas

About the Editors

Angharad Closs Stephens is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Durham, UK, and Co-Convenor of the British International Studies Association (BISA) Post-Structural Politics Working Group.

Nick Vaughan-Williams is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter, UK, and Co-Convenor of the British International Studies Association (BISA) Post-Structural Politics Working Group.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Terrorism Studies

This book series will publish rigorous and innovative studies on all aspects of terrorism, counter-terrorism and state terror. It seeks to advance a new generation of thinking on traditional subjects, investigate topics frequently overlooked in orthodox accounts of terrorism and to apply knowledge from disciplines beyond International Relations and Security Studies. Books in this series will typically adopt approaches informed by critical-normative theory, post-positivist methodologies and non-Western perspectives, as well as rigorous and reflective orthodox terrorism studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL004000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security