The Tabloid Terrorist: The Predicative Construction of New Terrorism in the Media

Hardcover | May 15, 2010

byAlexander Spencer

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Words matter in terrorism research. Not only do they describe reality, but they actively take part in the construction of the world as we see, talk, hear, imagine and ultimately react to it. The Tabloid Terrorist introduces a constructivist approach to the study of terrorism by examining the discursive constitution of the terrorist in tabloid newspapers. It shows how language in the media affects our perceptions of "terrorists" and how particular constructions of the "terrorist" automatically make certain counter-terrorism policies possible, logical and seemingly appropriate.

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Words matter in terrorism research. Not only do they describe reality, but they actively take part in the construction of the world as we see, talk, hear, imagine and ultimately react to it. The Tabloid Terrorist introduces a constructivist approach to the study of terrorism by examining the discursive constitution of the terrorist in ...

ALEXANDER SPENCER is Assistant Professor at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:May 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230575587

ISBN - 13:9780230575585

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The 'Terrorist': Words, Labels and Definitions
'New Terrorism' Discourse
'New Counter-Terrorism' Options
Materialist Terrorism Studies: Researching the Unresearchable?
Constructivist Terrorism Research: The Role of Discourse and Predication
The Tabloid Terrorist in Germany and the UK
Metaphors, Predicates and Policy Implications
Conclusion: The Tabloid Terrorist and Future Research
Appendix
References