Talking Terrorism: A Dictionary Of The Loaded Language Of Political Violence

Hardcover | August 31, 2003

byPhilip Herbst

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"Anarchist," "freedom fighter," "fundamentalist," "terrorist." These words are thrown about today with seeming abandon. But each of these terms, and hundreds like them, have connotations and denotations charged with meanings which can be used strategically by politicians, journalists, and ordinary citizens. Talking Terrorism defines, traces, and explains the loaded, controversial, confusing, and shifting language that surrounds terrorist activity. The dictionary comprises words used to characterize individuals, groups, or countries that commit or support acts of political violence. Also covered is the closely related language that conveys the justifications and agendas of those responding to violence, including these groups' self-characterizations, which might entail the masking of a multitude of sins. In addition, the ways terrorists use language to smear enemies, recruit and inspire group members, and communicate the righteousness of their causes are examined. Following an A-to-Z format, Talking Terrorism identifies and defines terms in dictionary style, then explores the charged meanings of the words, and often supplies examples of the words' usage. Cross-references will lead readers to related words and show the complicated web of words used in this verbal warfare. In the words and verbal maneuvers discussed in the dictionary, readers will see how enemies are manufactured through demonization, biased media coverage and government spin in action, and brutality legitimized as virtue, along with the besmirching of its victims. Much of what readers will find may not seem encouraging, yet Talking Terrorism will open the eyes and ears of anyone who wants to come to grips with today'stumultuous political world.

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"Anarchist," "freedom fighter," "fundamentalist," "terrorist." These words are thrown about today with seeming abandon. But each of these terms, and hundreds like them, have connotations and denotations charged with meanings which can be used strategically by politicians, journalists, and ordinary citizens. Talking Terrorism defines, t...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 10.46 × 7.04 × 0.81 inPublished:August 31, 2003Publisher:Greenwood PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0313324867

ISBN - 13:9780313324864

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?Talking Terrorism is a splendid foray into an area heretofore unexplored. The work deals with the language that eulogizes violence and promotes bigotry, hatred, and death; it uncovers the truth behind lies and propaganda. Language can shape a nation's identity or its predilection toward violence or response to it. Herbst provides insight into how language can define or deform political reality, yet his book is not a study of the socio-politico-economic events that coalesce or galvanize a people or individual to commit violent acts. Talking Terrorism is original, refreshing, and insightful. It attempts to discern the why of terrorism and political violence from the perspective of language. Highly recommended. All readership levels.??Choice