The Language of Counterterrorism

Authored by: Jack Holland

Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415743761
eBook ISBN: 9781315813462
Adobe ISBN: 9781317801627


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Orthodox approaches have traditionally divided counterterrorism efforts into three forms – socioeconomic, policing, and military – all of which are conducted by the state. This focus enables, for example, counterterrorism efforts in Northern Ireland to be understood with reference to anti-discrimination legislation, enhanced police powers, and the deployment of the British armed forces. More recently, it enables an analysis of post 9/11 counterterrorism policies with reference to efforts to promote greater integration, extensive surveillance programmes, and prolonged wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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