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We're All Terrorists Now: Critical—or Hypocritical—Studies “on” Terrorism?

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Abstract:

This article reviews the new journal Critical Studies on Terrorism. The fashionable approach that this journal adopts towards the contemporary phenomenon of terrorism maintains that a “critical” and “self-reflexive” approach to the study of terrorism reveals a variety of shortcomings in the discipline. These range from a distorting over-identification with the Western democratic state perspective on terrorism to a failure to empathize with the misunderstood, non-Western, “other.” This review examines whether the claims of the critical approach adds anything, other than pedantry and obscurity, to our understanding of the phenomenon. It concludes that it does not.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10576100902744128

Affiliations: 1: University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia 2: King's College, University of London, London, UK

Publication date: April 1, 2009

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