Social control and the policing of terrorism: foundations for a sociology of counterterrorism

  title={Social control and the policing of terrorism: foundations for a sociology of counterterrorism},
  author={Mathieu Deflem},
  journal={The American Sociologist},
  • M. Deflem
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • The American Sociologist
Sociologists have by and large neglected the study of terrorism and counterterrorism. The continued relevance that terrorism may be expected to have in our era should stimulate the development of new sociological ideas. I propose a sociological perspective of the policing of terrorism that is conceptually informed by a neo-Weberian bureaucratization theory of police. The theory holds that antiterrorist efforts at the level of police rest on a formal-rational conception of the means and… Expand
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