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Terrorism and morality

By Conor Gearty


Explores the definition of terrorism, arguing that those subversive groups which only employ violence of a terrorist kind can be described as engaging in immoral activity. Examines terrorism as a type of violence which is available to both governments and other groups, suggesting that historically it has been states which have proved most extreme in their use of political terror. Considers the historic and current shift in the definition of terrorism, suggesting that the language of terrorism has become the "rhetorical service of the established order" with the forces of that order deemed as "counter terrorists", reflecting an ahistorical account of the world. Considers the impact of the situation in the Middle East and Palestine on this transformation in meaning, underlining the significance of the focus shifting away from the technique of violence to the category of person. Concludes by examining the serious implications of this new age of counter terrorism for domestic politics and human rights both in western democracies and elsewhere

Topics: JC Political theory, JX International law, HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Publisher: Sweet and Maxwell
Year: 2003
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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