This work is an inquiry into the constitution of «terrorism» through formal discourse from the vantage point of those who observe, study, describe and, especially, comment on it. This analysis presents an alternative understanding of terrorism, not based solely on the description of its presence nor the panacea-like remedies for confronting it. It is premised on the notion that terrorism is an essentially contested subject. The study is a critique of the orthodoxy, understood to be the demonization of armed oppositional violence in the form of terrorism.
|Publisher:||Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated|
|Series:||Major Concepts in Politics and Political Theory Series , #6|
About the Author
The Author: Michael Gold-Biss received his Ph.D. in International Relations in 1992 from the American University in Washington, D.C. He currently teaches Political Science at St. Cloud State University. His research focuses on the democratization of state and society, and on challenges to sovereignty and political legitimacy in the Americas. He has published articles and reviews in professional journals and is co-editor of Beyond Praetorianism: The Latin Military in Transition.