Considering Contexts

  • Kathryn Marie Fisher
Part of the New Security Challenges book series (NSECH)


As argued in the previous chapter, labels attributed to the terrorist threat do not exist independently from social and political practice. This is not to say that there are no risks of terrorism but that an actor’s categorization as “terrorist”, whether state or non-state, is not predetermined. To better situate ourselves given this focus on the interrelation of counterterrorism and identity we have two tasks: one, to position terrorism as a method of political violence going back through history, and two, to introduce some trends in the literature. With regard to literature, writing on terrorism has expanded rapidly in recent years, with a search for “terrorism” in Google Scholar returning “about 9,160,000” hits in less than 0.5 seconds.1 In terms of historical context, while “[t]o write a ‘world history’ … of political terrorism is a hopeless undertaking”.2 conscious attentiveness to a longer time horizon is essential to underscoring the “historically embedded” nature of terrorist threat construction.3


Political Violence Terrorist Threat Transnational Terrorism Islamic Extremism Political Terrorism 
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  • Kathryn Marie Fisher
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  1. 1.National Defense UniversityUSA

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