Constructing Enemies: ‘Islamic Terrorism’ in Political and Academic Discourse

@article{Jackson2007ConstructingE,
  title={Constructing Enemies: ‘Islamic Terrorism’ in Political and Academic Discourse},
  author={R. Jackson},
  journal={Government and Opposition},
  year={2007},
  volume={42},
  pages={394 - 426}
}
  • R. Jackson
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • Government and Opposition
Abstract The term ‘Islamic terrorism’ has become a ubiquitous feature of Western political and academic counter-terrorism discourse in recent years. Examining over 300 political and academic texts and employing a discourse analytic approach, this article attempts to describe and dissect the central terms, assumptions, labels, narratives and genealogical roots of the language and knowledge of ‘Islamic terrorism’ and to reflect on its practical and normative consequences. It concludes that for… Expand
Why is the Discourse of ‘Islamic Terrorism’ Problematic?
Routinely privileged as the overriding concern of the contemporary political order, the discourse of ‘Islamic Terrorism’ assumes a ubiquitous position within elite and popular imaginaries. EmployedExpand
Open Source Jihad: Problematizing the Academic Discourse on Islamic Terrorism in Contemporary Europe
In Open Source Jihad, Per-Erik Nilsson provides a unique overview of the academic research and political legislation concerning “Islamic terrorism” in Europe. He scrutinises in detail how theExpand
Analysing elite discourse on terrorism and its implications: the case of Morocco
This paper approaches terrorism as a discursive construction. The discussion concentrates on the Moroccan government's representations of terrorism. The social and political construction ofExpand
In the name of national security: articulating ethno-political struggles as terrorism
ABSTRACT The discourse of terrorism is one of the most powerful political discourses of our times. More often than not, its labels and assumptions – including the division of the world into sharpExpand
Islamization of criminal behaviour: The path to terrorism? Terrorist threat and crime in French counterterrorism policy-formulation
Several studies have covered wide-ranging features of terrorist groups and organization from both a state-centric and a strictly group analysis perspective. Rather than offering insights to determineExpand
DE-CONTEXTUALIZATION IN THE TERRORISM DISCOURSE: A SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONIST VIEW
This essay will analyze how in post 9/11 public discourse 錂ter- rorism 鐂 is constructed. We use language to structure our world. Language not only determines how we see the world, but also what kindsExpand
Culturalism and the rise of the Islamic State: faith, sectarianism and violence
Abstract This paper looks at the ways in which culturalist discourses have influenced our understanding and representation of the rise of the so-called Islamic State. It argues that, in keeping withExpand
Constructing American Identity and the Terrorist ‘Other’
This research approaches the question of ‘Othering’ within Hollywood cinema, and the impact that these processes might have on the perceived legitimacy of American foreign and domestic policy in theExpand
Contesting counter-terrorism: discourse networks and the politicisation of counter-terrorism in Austria
Why do political actors prefer one counter-terrorism policy over another? We apply discourse network analysis and the advocacy coalition framework to the recent debate on counter-terrorism measuresExpand
the core commitments of critical terrorism studies
Critical terrorism studies (CTS) is founded firstly on a series of powerful critiques of the current state of orthodox terrorism studies, including: its poor methods and theories, its stateExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 71 REFERENCES
Language, policy and the construction of a torture culture in the war on terrorism
  • R. Jackson
  • Sociology
  • Review of International Studies
  • 2007
ABSTRACT Torture has been widely practiced by US forces as an officially-sanctioned information gathering strategy in the war on terrorism. At the same time, public attitudes have exhibited a growingExpand
Religious Terrorism, the Media, and International Islamization Terrorism: Justifying the Unjustifiable
This study examines the relationship between the Hizbullah and Islamic Brotherhood organizations, the media, and the hypothesized outcomes of their symbiotic relationship, International IslamizationExpand
On the pedagogy of ‘small wars’
This article argues that flawed western strategies for ‘small wars’, those fought in the non—European world, have been informed by illusions concerning the cultural, military and politicalExpand
How New Is the New Terrorism?
This article aims to challenge the dominant view that the expressions of terrorism since the last decade of the twentieth century are fundamentally new. It questions the new aspects of terrorism,Expand
Rethinking Islamist Politics: Culture, the State and Islamism
In an atmosphere of growing concern over the threat posed by Islamist violence, political Islamism has become the most important of geopolitical issues. In the process, it has been misrepresented.Expand
Misreading Islamist Terrorism: The “War Against Terrorism” and Just-War Theory
Abstract: The Bush administration's military war on terrorism is a blunt, ineffective, and unjust response to the threat posed to innocent civilians by terrorism. Decentralized terrorist networks canExpand
Embedded Expertise and the New Terrorism
When Donald Rumsfeld made his famous remarks on knowns and unknowns they were widely ridiculed and dismissed as absurd White House rhetoric. Yet Rumsfeld’s turn of phrase reveals more about USExpand
The Forgotten Swamp: Navigating Political Islam
We need to “drain the swamp.” This expression has recurred like a leitmotif in the comments of pundits and policy officials asked to justify Washington’s ever-expanding war on terrorism. But, alas,Expand
Discipline and power: interpreting global Islam: a review essay
  • Z. Kazmi
  • Political Science
  • Review of International Studies
  • 2004
Clifford Geertz has noted recently that ‘more than any other single thing, it has been the rising tendency to ideologize faith in so much of the Muslim world that has made it increasingly hard toExpand
Fear and Trembling: Terrorism in Three Religious Traditions
As the first comparative study of religious terror groups, the article provides detailed analyses of the different doctrines and methods of the three best-known groups: the Thugs, Assassins, andExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...