The Discourse on Terrorism - Gold-Biss, Michael
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This work is an inquiry into the constitution of "terrorism" through formal discourse from the vantage point of those who observe, study, describe and, especially, comment on it. This analysis presents an alternative understanding of terrorism, not based solely on the description of its presence nor the panacea-like remedies for confronting it. It is premised on the notion that terrorism is an essentially contested subject. The study is a critique of the orthodoxy, understood to be the demonization of armed oppositional violence in the form of terrorism.…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This work is an inquiry into the constitution of "terrorism" through formal discourse from the vantage point of those who observe, study, describe and, especially, comment on it. This analysis presents an alternative understanding of terrorism, not based solely on the description of its presence nor the panacea-like remedies for confronting it. It is premised on the notion that terrorism is an essentially contested subject. The study is a critique of the orthodoxy, understood to be the demonization of armed oppositional violence in the form of terrorism.
  • Produktdetails
  • Major Concepts in Politics and Political Theory .6
  • Verlag: Peter Lang Ltd. International Academic Publishers
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: .62421, 62421
  • Neuausg.
  • Erscheinungstermin: 1. Oktober 1994
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 228mm x 149mm x 15mm
  • Gewicht: 280g
  • ISBN-13: 9780820424217
  • ISBN-10: 0820424218
  • Artikelnr.: 24467929
Autorenporträt
The Author: Michael Gold-Biss received his Ph.D. in International Relations in 1992 from the American University in Washington, D.C. He currently teaches Political Science at St. Cloud State University. His research focuses on the democratization of state and society, and on challenges to sovereignty and political legitimacy in the Americas. He has published articles and reviews in professional journals and is co-editor of Beyond Praetorianism: The Latin Military in Transition.
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"In 'The Discourse on Terrorism' Dr. Gold-Biss presents an alternative understanding of terrorism as a subject and object of analysis. The author makes a strong argument for viewing terrorism as an essentially contested concept and offers a valuable critique of the existing literature on the subject. Using discursive analysis of congressional testimony on terrorism during the 1980s, Dr. Gold-Biss convincingly demonstrates that this literature is produced by a coherent community of expert scholars and practitioners, who have reified terrorism as well as abstracted the problem of political violence from the actors who produce/use it, and marginalized the context for their actions. Dr. Gold-Biss presents us with an insightful and critical understanding of a much misundertood phenomenon which will be of interest to those concerned with the role of language in constituting reality as well as political violence." (G. Matthew Bonham, Syracuse University)
"This carefully written study demonstrates how terrorism was over sold as a threat to United States security in the 1980s. It shows how a small group of so-called 'experts' created simplistic conclusions about the problem of political violence in international relations which were then used in self-serving ways by fear-mongering politicians. Along the way the author demonstrates how the methodolgy of discourse analysis can be useful for understanding the social construction of policy issues." (Louis W. Goodman, The American University)
"It has become increasingly evident that at both national and international levels, discursive phenomena are important aspects of the exchanges worthy of political scrutiny. 'Terrorism', is one of the objects, and Michael Gold-Biss...provides both a comprehensive treatment of the politics of discourse in general and a specific and thorough analysis of the contemporary constitution of the discourse of terrorism. Moreover, his analysis provides insights into the construction of the global imaginary as it functioned within the more general Cold War cosmology that is now being displaced...This is a first-rate piece of interpretive analysis øfor! all those interested in international politics, policy studies and the politics of interpretation." (Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawaii)
"...Gold-Biss offers a timely and practical application of discourse analysis to policy formation." (Bethami A. Dobkin, Quarterly Journal of Speech)
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