Edited by Daniela Pisoiu
To Be Published December 31st 2013 by Routledge – 224 pages
This book offers a multifaceted, analytical account of counterterrorism argumentative speech.
The existing works in this field are thematically, chronologically and methodologically limited, taking a selective focus on issues, actors and methods and focusing mainly on counterterrorism speech after 9/11 from the USA. It comes, however, as no surprise that there was counterterrorism speech before 9/11, nor that it occurred within and outside the Western world, involving various themes with various purposes, different kinds of argumentative structures and various types of cultural sources, rhetorical and linguistic means. This book addresses that gap in the literature, by approaching counterterrorism speech from different temporal, political and cultural perspectives, from within and from without, its dynamics with other types of speech and the role of other actors than the state. Furthermore, it takes a systematic look at how it is constructed, and at the cultural and linguistic instruments used.
The work therefore tackles the following themes: first, a historical and comparative overview of counterterrorism speech: its emergence and changes over time, counterterrorism cultures in different parts of the world, the changing nature of threats, the effect of specific watershed events and trends. Second, the phenomenology of counterterrorism speech, namely: its nature, purpose, implications and ways of instrumentalisation, interaction and dynamics, the constitutive, supportive or indeed challenging role of other actors apart from the government: the media, the public, the opposition. The third theme is the anatomy of counterterrorism speech, namely its political, cultural and linguistic constitutive elements. Approached here are, on the one side, the script and cultural resources, and on the other rhetoric and linguistic tools – the latter also with a view to creating a catalogue of methods for the analysis of such texts.
This book will be of much interest to students of critical terrorism studies, counterterrorism, discourse analysis, security studeis and IR.
Part I: Roots and Cultures 1. Rhetorical Origins of the US War on Terror, Carol K. Winkler 2. Dispositifs of Riots, Revolutions and Terrorism in the 1970s in Western Countries, Beatrice de Graaf 3. Counterterrorism and Responses to "Lone Gunmen" in a Post-9/11 World: Sweden, the Netherlands, and Norway, Maurits van der Veen Part II: Phenomenology 4. Between Insurrection and Reformism: Public Discourses of 21st Century Greek Armed Groups, Anastassia Tsoukala 5. (Counter-)Radicalisation Narratives, Daniela Pisoiu and David Scheuing 6. Plenty of Oxygen: Terrorism, News Media and the Politics of the Australian Security State, David C. Holmes and Rebeka Sullivan 7. Performing Counterterrorism: State Discourses, Global Terror, and Local Concerns, Ramaswami Harindranath Part III: Anatomy 8. The Elusive Essence of Evil: Constructing Otherness in the Coalition of the Willing, Jack Holland 9. Are You Talking to Me? Locating the Context in US Counterterrorism Discourse, Kenneth McDonagh 10. The Legacy of the ‘War on Terror’ Discourse on US Foreign Policy towards Political Islam, 2001-12, Corinna Mullin 11. Discursive and Non-Discursive Contexts of Russian Counterterrorism Frames, Aurélie Campana 12. The Hunter and the Hunted: Metaphors of Pursuit, Prey and the Intractability of Difference in post-9/11 American Counterterrorism Discourse, Erin Steuter and Deborah Wills Conclusion
Daniela Pisoiu is a researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg. She has a PhD from the University of St Andrews and is author of Islamist Radicalisation in Europe (Routledge 2011).