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Conceptualizing Terrorism

Anthony Richards


This book argues that, while there have always been good reasons for striving for a universally agreed definition of terrorism, there are further reasons for doing so in the post 9/11 environment, notwithstanding the formidable challenges that confront such an endeavour. Indeed, in a global context, where the term is often used carelessly and imprecisely, there is a desperate need to instil some analytical quality into the concept. Arguing that the essence of terrorism lies in its intent to generate a psychological impact beyond the immediate victims, it proposes three preliminary assumptions ... More

Keywords: terrorism, definition, analytical, political violence, ideology, method

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198746966
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746966.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Richards, author
Reader in Terrorism Studies, University of East London