State terror, terrorism research and knowledge politics

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dc.contributor.author Jackson, Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-15T13:29:57Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-15T13:29:57Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Jackson , R 2008 ' State terror, terrorism research and knowledge politics ' . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 99825
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1949
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1949
dc.identifier.uri http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=g906444577~db=all en
dc.description Jackson, Richard, 'State terror, terrorism research and knowledge politics', 2008 Another version of this paper has been published as: Richard Jackson, 2008. 'The ghosts of state terror: knowledge, politics and terrorism studies', Critical Studies on Terrorism, 1(3): 377-392 en
dc.description.abstract Employing a discourse analytic approach, this paper examines the silence on state terrorism within the broader terrorism studies literature. An analysis of this literature reveals that state terrorism is noticeable mainly for its absence as a subject of systematic academic study. Following the textual analysis, the main finding – the silence on state terrorism within terrorism studies – is subjected to both a first and second order critique. A first order or immanent critique uses a discourse‟s internal contradictions, mistakes and misconceptions to criticise it on its own terms. In this case, the absence of state terrorism is criticized for its illogical actor-based definition of terrorism, its politically biased research focus, and its failure to acknowledge the empirical evidence of the extent and nature of state terrorism. A second order critique entails reflecting on the broader political and ethical consequences of the representations enabled by the discourse. It is argued that the absence of state terrorism from academic discourse functions to promote particular kinds of state hegemonic projects, construct a legitimizing public discourse for foreign and domestic policy, and deflect attention from the terroristic practices of states. The exposure and destabilisation of this dominant narrative also opens up critical space for the articulation of alternative and potentially emancipatory forms of knowledge and practice. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.title State terror, terrorism research and knowledge politics en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Working paper en
dc.contributor.institution Aberystwyth University en
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en


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