Counter-Terrorism and State Political Violence: The 'war on terror' as terror
Scott Poynting, David Whyte
Taylor & Francis, May 16, 2012 - History - 264 pages
This edited volume aims to deepen our understanding of state power through a series of case studies of political violence arising from state ‘counter-terrorism’ strategies.
The book examines how state counter-terrorism strategies are invariably underpinned by terror, in the form of state political violence. It seeks to answer three key questions:
In order to explore these issues, and to reach an understanding of what it means to say that the ‘war on terror’ is terror , the contributing authors draw upon case studies from a range of geographical contexts including the UK and Northern Ireland, the US and Colombia, and Sri Lanka and Tamil Eelam. Analysing these case studies from a psychological-warfare and hegemonic perspective, the book also includes two chapters from Noam Chomsky and John Pilger, which provide a global and historical context.
This book will be of great interest to students of critical terrorism studies, political violence, war and conflict studies, sociology, international security and IR.