Richards, A. 2013. Conceptualizing Terrorism. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 37 (3), pp. 213-236.
This article argues that, while there have always been good reasons for striving for a universally agreed definition of terrorism, there are further reasons for doing so in the post 9/11 environment, notwithstanding the formidable challenges that confront such an endeavour. Arguing that the essence of terrorism lies in its intent to generate a psychological impact beyond the immediate victims, it will propose three preliminary assumptions: that there is no such thing as an act of violence that is in and of itself inherently terrorist, that terrorism is best conceptualized as a particular method of political violence rather than defined as inherent to any particular ideology or perpetrator, and that non-civilians and combatants can also be victims of terrorism. It will then outline the implications that these assumptions have for the definitional debate.
|Journal||Studies in Conflict and Terrorism|
|Journal citation||37 (3), pp. 213-236|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2014.872023|
|18 Dec 2013|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||01 Mar 2016|
|Accepted||01 Nov 2013|
|Copyright information||This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism on 18.12.13, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1057610X.2014.872023|
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