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Terrorism and Culture

9/11, Macbeth and the Gunpowder Plot

Graham Holderness

Terrorism and literature. Does one have anything much to do with the other? Specifically, can literature in any way help us with terrorism? I begin with Dan Brown's novel Inferno , not so much because it is literature, but because it is

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Civil Disobedience and Terrorism

Testing the Limits of Deliberative Democracy

Michael Allen

This article explores the boundaries of the commitment of deliberative democrats to communication and persuasion over threats and intimidation through examining the hard cases of civil disobedience and terrorism. The case of civil disobedience is challenging as deliberative democrats typically support this tactic under certain conditions, yet such a move threatens to blur the Habermasian distinction between instrumental and communicative action that informs many accounts of deliberative democracy. However, noting that civil disobedience is deemed acceptable to many deliberative democrats so long as it remains 'relevantly tied to the objective of communicative action', Allen holds that certain kinds of terrorism cannot be ruled out either. Whilst acknowledging that the deliberative democrat cannot really justify taking life as a tactic to induce deliberation, as 'dead people cannot deliberate', Allen notes that this does not rule out terrorism per se, the object of which is not death so much as generating overwhelming fear. Further, while a permanent condition of fear would set limits on deliberation, limited and temporary physical harm to persons need not. This implies that deliberative democrats must explain why intentionally causing some physical harm to property or persons is always an illegitimate form of communication.

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(Counter)Terrorism and the Intimate

Bodies, Affect, Power

Sunčana Laketa

The accounts of global terror abound, from popular culture and everyday life to endless media reports and academic debates. The attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City in 2001 in many ways ushered in the new age of (counter)terrorism

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Counter-Violence and Islamic Terrorism

Is Liberation without Freedom Possible?

Maria Russo

What Has Sartrean Existentialism Got to Do with Islamic Terrorism? Speaking about the future of existentialism means, primarily, testing its theoretical assumptions in order to interpret and clarify the most pressing themes of our contemporary world

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Why “Dissident” Irish Republicans Haven't Gone Away

A Visual Study of the Persistence of “Terrorism”

Robert W. White

The behavior often described as “terrorism” has been with us for a very long time, and there are no indications that it will end any time soon (for instance, see Rapoport 1984 , 2012 ). Why “terrorism” persists, however, is an understudied

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A Response to ‘Counter-violence and Terrorism’

Deborah Evans

Writing about Islamic terrorism from a Sartrean perspective, Maria Russo rightly argues that there is the all-too-common danger of falling into stereotypical thinking. Yet, as Slavoj Žižek remarks, terroristic violence, and by implication any

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The Leftist “Imagined Community”

The Transnational Imagination of Left-Wing Subversive Organizations in Western Europe

Mikuláš Pešta

revolutionary left could be a symptom of this sense of belonging to a common “imagined community/ communitas ”. At the beginning of the 2000s, David C. Rapoport introduced a new typology and chronology of terrorism, dividing it into four separate “waves,” each

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“The Pearl Harbor of the Twenty-first Century”?

A Comparative Analysis of Pearl Harbor and 9/11 in History Textbooks

Daniel Berman and Jeremy Stoddard

, or terrorism more broadly during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The conclusion of both events fits a similar pattern: while the Second World War formally ended in 1945, Osama Bin Laden remained at large, Al-Qaeda continued attacks and the

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Political Violence and Terrorism

Michael Humphrey and Andrew Davidson

Caroline Nordstrom and Antonious C. G. M. Robben, eds., Fieldwork Under Fire: Contemporary Studies of Violence and Survival (Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press, 1995), 300 pp. ISBN 0-520-08994-4.

Michael Humphrey, The Politics of Atrocity and Reconciliation: From Terror to Trauma (London: Routledge, 2002), 192 pp. ISBN 0-415-27413-2.

Michael Taussig, The Magic of the State (New York: Routledge, 1997), 232 pp. ISBN 0-415-91790-5.

Robert Jay Lifton, Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism (New York: Metropolitan Books, 1999), 376 pp. ISBN 0-8050-6511-3.

Samir Khalaf, Civil and Uncivil Violence in Lebanon: A History of the Internationalisation of Communal Conflict (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002), 368 pp. ISBN 0-231-12476-7.

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Atmospheres beyond the Conflict City/Ordinary City Divide

Sara Fregonese

environments deemed “peaceful” that, however, recall experiences of protracted urban conflict. The third section reflects on the unequal geographies of the sensory experience and atmospherics of terrorism across diverse urban publics. By joining literatures and