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

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Overview

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.
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Mintz (anthropology, Johns Hopkins U.) writes provocatively and engagingly about eating as it defines our nature as living creatures--our choices hold enormous significance for us. He shows how eating is influenced by a variety of external forces, including moral judgments and the demands of war. The eight essays include some that have been published before, and some new ones. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415917599
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseba Zulaika is an Associate Professor in the Basque Studies Program at the University of Nevada. He is the author of Basque Violence. William Douglass is a Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Basque Studies at the University of Nevada.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1 Waiting for Terror 3
2 Writing Terrorism 31
3 Tropics of Terror: Plots and Performances 65
4 Categories and Allegories 91
5 Fateful Purpose, Fearful Innocence 123
6 Terror, Taboo, and the Wild Man 149
7 Faces of Terror and Laughter 191
Epilogue as Prologue: The Apotheosis of Terrorism Foretold 227
Notes 241
Bibliography 263
Index 277
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