Terrorism, Counter-terrorism, and Critique: Opportunities, Examples, and Implications

Jarvis, Lee (2019) Terrorism, Counter-terrorism, and Critique: Opportunities, Examples, and Implications. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 12 (2). pp. 339-358. ISSN 1753-9153

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Abstract

This article explores the parameters, value and limitations of different critical strategies for those dissatisfied with the contemporary politics of terror. It argues, first, that the prominent counter-terrorism paradigm – in which terrorism is approached as a ubiquitous and very specific security challenge meriting appropriately exceptional responses – is far more critiqued than we might anticipate. And, second, that such critiques – which can be found across political language, popular culture, everyday life, and beyond – employ distinct critical resources to serve varying ends. Reflecting on these, the article offers a new heuristic distinguishing five critical strategies which seek to: (i) repudiate; (ii) question; (iii) subvert; (iv) replace, or (v) deconstruct the prominent counter-terrorism paradigm. This typology, it argues, offers scope for optimism and strategic resources for those attracted to a critical terrorism studies project going forward.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical terrorism studies,critique,criticism,counter-terrorism,terrorism
Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2019 01:59
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/69642
DOI: 10.1080/17539153.2019.1575607

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