Narrative, Political Violence, and Social Change

  title={Narrative, Political Violence, and Social Change},
  author={Josefine Graef and Raquel da Silva and Nicolas Lemay-H{\'e}bert},
  journal={Studies in Conflict \& Terrorism},
  pages={431 - 443}
ABSTRACT This special issue is concerned with the development of the study of narratives of political violence and terrorism. While the concept of narrative has become increasingly popular among scholars in the field over the past two decades, this has not been accompanied by an active and critical engagement with its full ontological, epistemological, and methodological implications. This issue proposes to view the extant work through a basic framework of three modes of narrative—as lens, as… Expand
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Telling stories of terrorism: a framework for applying narrative approaches to the study of militant's self-accounts
ABSTRACT Narrative has recently garnered in much attention in the study of terrorism but remains poorly understood. This paper offers some initial steps towards translating the promise of narrativeExpand
Making sense of terrorism: a narrative approach to the study of violent events
ABSTRACT How does violence become understood as terrorism? In this article, we show how a narrative approach to the study of violent events offers a conceptually productive way to understand theExpand
From power-blind binaries to the intersectionality of peace: connecting feminism and critical peace and conflict studies
ABSTRACT Critical Peace and Conflict Studies scholars have increasingly sought to overcome binary approaches to engage more fully the ways in which peacebuilding missions are designed, implementedExpand
Kin and peer contexts and militant involvement : a narrative analysis
The importance of kin and peer networks in facilitating recruitment is taken for granted in existing scholarship on militant groups. Largely focused on plotting the composition of such networks, muchExpand


Narrative in the Study of Victimological Processes in Terrorism and Political Violence: An Initial Exploration
ABSTRACT Narrative is intimately connected to victimization and radicalization. Trouble, the notion that drives narrative, is often coupled with victimization: the experience of suffering intentionalExpand
Introduction to the Special Issue: The Complexity of Terrorism—Victims, Perpetrators and Radicalization
ABSTRACT This special issue examines the complex relationship between radicalization, victimhood. and political violence. The interrelatedness of victims and perpetrators has been long recognized inExpand
Interviewing the terrorists: reflections on fieldwork and implications for psychological research
In social science research on terrorism, there is a continued lack of individual-level, data-driven evidence to test hypotheses, build reliable case studies, and support the emergence of new theoriesExpand
A Battle of Narratives: Spanish Victims Organizations International Action to Delegitimize Terrorism and Political Violence
ABSTRACT Spanish victims groups have provided a visible contribution to European terrorist violence prevention efforts. Instrumental and knowledge transfer motivations partly explain this interestExpand
Stories in action: the cultural influences of school shootings on the terrorist attacks in Norway
Terrorism is a cultural bricolage and terrorists are inspired by a wide range of political ideologies and stories. In this study of the terrorist attacks that occurred in Norway in 2011, we revealExpand
The evolution of threat narratives in the age of terror: understanding terrorist threats in Britain
This article examines the evolution of threat narratives in the age of terror, focusing on the United Kingdom. The analysis is broken down into two sections. The first part of the article presentsExpand
▪ Abstract Narratives—the stories people tell—provide a rich source of information about how people make sense of their lives, about how they construct disparate facts and weave them togetherExpand
Reading anonymity: Narrative difference and framework selection in the claiming of terrorist violence
Despite the supposed importance of media coverage in achieving terrorist objectives, data indicate that terrorist groups increasingly commit unclaimed acts of violence. This article hopes to drawExpand
Trusting the Tale: The Narrativist Turn in the Human Sciences*
noticed, there has recently been a virtual explosion of interest in narrative and in theorizing about narrative; and it has been detonated from a remarkable diversity of sites, both within andExpand
Criminology Theory and Terrorism: Introduction to the Special Issue
In this short essay, we introduce readers to a special issue of Terrorism and Political Violence on criminological approaches to the study of terrorism. In addition to summarizing the eight articlesExpand