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Terrorists as Monsters – The Unmanageable Other from the French Revolution to the Islamic State - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Terrorists as Monsters: The Unmanageable Other from the French Revolution to the Islamic State

Marco Pinfari


This book explores the use of archetypal metaphors of monstrosity in relation to terrorism. It presents two main original arguments, which are influenced by recent studies by leading philosophers and anthropologists on the social and political functions of monstrosity and monster metaphors. The first argument, developed in Part 1, explores the reasons why “terrorists” are sometimes framed as monsters by their audiences. Although this imagery serves the immediate purpose of depicting the “terrorist” as a non- or sub-human “other,” the book examines the recurrence of specific monster types acros ... More

Keywords: Monsters, terrorism, monstrosity, archetypal metaphors, performative action, Frankenstein’s monster, hydra, revolutionary terrorism, counterterrorism, jihadism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190927875
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190927875.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marco Pinfari, author
Assistant Profesor of International Relations, American University in Cairo

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