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

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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.
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Document Type: Research Article

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

Publication date: 2009-04-01

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