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Routledge Critical Terrorism Studies


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This book series will publish rigorous and innovative studies on all aspects of terrorism, counter-terrorism and state terror. It seeks to advance a new generation of thinking on traditional subjects, investigate topics frequently overlooked in orthodox accounts of terrorism and to apply knowledge from disciplines beyond International Relations and Security Studies. Books in this series will typically adopt approaches informed by critical-normative theory, post-positivist methodologies and non-Western perspectives, as well as rigorous and reflective orthodox terrorism studies.

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Writing Southeast Asian Security: Regional Security and the War on Terror after 9/11

Writing Southeast Asian Security: Regional Security and the War on Terror after 9/11

1st Edition

Jennifer Mustapha
January 29, 2019

This book is a critical analysis of how the discursive and material practices of the "War on Terror" influenced security politics in Southeast Asia after 9/11. It explores how the US-led War on Terror, operating both as a set of material practices and as a larger discursive framework for security,...

Islam and Sectarian Violence in Pakistan: The Terror Within

Islam and Sectarian Violence in Pakistan: The Terror Within

1st Edition

Eamon Murphy
October 23, 2018

This book analyses the growth of sectarian-based terrorist violence in Pakistan, one of the Muslim majority states most affected by sectarian violence, ever since it was established in 1947. Sectarian violence among Muslims has emerged as a major global security problem in recent years. The author...

De-Radicalisation in the UK Prevent Strategy: Security, Identity and Religion

De-Radicalisation in the UK Prevent Strategy: Security, Identity and Religion

1st Edition

M. S. Elshimi
August 14, 2018

This book examines de-radicalisation policy in the UK and addresses the contradictions evident in the conceptualisation and practice of de-radicalisation. It explores three main themes that touch upon some of the most pressing issues of our day: security, identity and religion. Situated within the...

Narratives of Political Violence: Life Stories of Former Militants

Narratives of Political Violence: Life Stories of Former Militants

1st Edition

Raquel da Silva
August 06, 2018

An exploration of how political violence is constructed, this book presents the life stories of individuals once committed to political transformation through violent means in Portugal. Challenging simplistic conceptualisations about the actors of violence, this book examines issues of temporality...

A Critical Theory of Counterterrorism: Ontology, Epistemology and Normativity

A Critical Theory of Counterterrorism: Ontology, Epistemology and Normativity

1st Edition

Sondre Lindahl
July 03, 2018

This book offers a theory and model of counterterrorism based on emancipation and non-violence. Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS) scholars have produced wide-ranging and rich critiques of terrorism-related research, as well as state counterterrorism policies and practices. This work aims to fill in...

Russia's Securitization of Chechnya: How War Became Acceptable

Russia's Securitization of Chechnya: How War Became Acceptable

1st Edition

Julie Wilhelmsen
March 14, 2018

This book provides an in-depth analysis of how mobilization and legitimation for war are made possible, with a focus on Russia's conflict with Chechnya. Through which processes do leaders and their publics come to define and accept certain conflicts as difficult to engage in, and others as logical,...

Terrorism, Talking and Transformation: A Critical Approach

Terrorism, Talking and Transformation: A Critical Approach

1st Edition

Harmonie Toros
February 12, 2018

Using rare field research, this book investigates whether and how talking may transform terrorist violence. Given the failings of today’s dominant counterterrorism strategy, is talking a viable policy option to transform conflicts marked by terrorist violence? This book examines the reasons why "...

Hamas, Jihad and Popular Legitimacy: Reinterpreting Resistance in Palestine

Hamas, Jihad and Popular Legitimacy: Reinterpreting Resistance in Palestine

1st Edition

Tristan Dunning
June 16, 2017

This book investigates the many faces of Hamas and examines its ongoing evolution as a resistance organisation in the context of the Israel/Palestine conflict. Specifically, the work interrogates Hamas’ interpretation, reinterpretation and application of the twin concepts of muqawama (resistance)...

Ending ETA's Armed Campaign: How and Why the Basque Armed Group Abandoned Violence

Ending ETA's Armed Campaign: How and Why the Basque Armed Group Abandoned Violence

1st Edition

Imanol Murua
November 14, 2016

This book explains how and why the Basque separatist armed group ETA decided to end its armed campaign against the Spanish state. The ETA’s armed campaign for Basque independence lasted fifty years and led to more than 800 casualties. This book analyzes the factors that led to ETA ending its...

Counter-Radicalisation: Critical Perspectives

Counter-Radicalisation: Critical Perspectives

1st Edition

Christopher Baker-Beall, Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Lee Jarvis
October 11, 2016

This book offers a wide-ranging and critical examination of recent counter-radicalisation policies, using case studies from several countries. Counter-radicalisation policies, such as the UK ‘Prevent’ strategy, have been highly controversial and increasingly criticised since their introduction. In...

Critical Perspectives on Counter-terrorism

Critical Perspectives on Counter-terrorism

1st Edition

Lee Jarvis, Michael Lister
August 24, 2016

This volume examines the rationale, effectiveness and consequences of counter terrorism practices from a range of perspectives and cases. The book critically interrogates contemporary counter-terrorism powers from military campaigns and repression through to the prosecution of terrorist suspects,...

Lessons and Legacies of the War On Terror: From moral panic to permanent war

Lessons and Legacies of the War On Terror: From moral panic to permanent war

1st Edition

Gershon Shafir, Everard Meade, William J. Aceves
June 01, 2016

This volume examines the lessons and legacies of the U.S.-led "Global War on Terror," utilizing the framework of a political "moral panic." A decade after 9/11, it is increasingly difficult to deny that terror has prevailed – not as a specific enemy, but as a way of life. Transport, trade, and...

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