Terror and Taboo: The Follies, Fables, and Faces of Terrorism

Terror and Taboo: The Follies, Fables, and Faces of Terrorism

by Joseba Zulaika, William Douglass
     
 

ISBN-10: 041591759X

ISBN-13: 9780415917599

Pub. Date: 07/28/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Terror and Taboo is about the mythology of terrorism; it is an exploration of the ways we talk about terrorism. It offers incontestable evidence to support the idea that we give power to terrorism by the way we write and talk about it. According to Zulaika and Douglass, we make terrorism worse by the way we represent it in…  See more details below

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Terror and Taboo is about the mythology of terrorism; it is an exploration of the ways we talk about terrorism. It offers incontestable evidence to support the idea that we give power to terrorism by the way we write and talk about it. According to Zulaika and Douglass, we make terrorism worse by the way we represent it in the media and in everyday conversation. Through their examination of terrorism, they propose to remove the taboos surrounding terrorism. Terror and Taboo is full of examples to ground the authors premise, ranging from specific examples, such as tendency to talk more about where Timothy McVeigh shopped for weapons than about the international traffic in arms by legitimate nations, to more theoretical interpretations that will be familiar to readers of cultural studies books.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415917599
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1Waiting for Terror3
2Writing Terrorism31
3Tropics of Terror: Plots and Performances65
4Categories and Allegories91
5Fateful Purpose, Fearful Innocence123
6Terror, Taboo, and the Wild Man149
7Faces of Terror and Laughter191
Epilogue as Prologue: The Apotheosis of Terrorism Foretold227
Notes241
Bibliography263
Index277

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