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Frameworks for Conceptualising Terrorism

IdeologiesTerms and Definitions

Journal of Terrorism and Political ViolenceThis article looks at five frameworks which are commonly used to understand/discuss terrorism.  The author argues that just using one of these models can leave some aspects of 'terrorism' left outside the debate and that all are needed to ensure a thorough discussion and therefore understanding of terrorism.  The models are: 1. terrorism as/and crime; 2. terrorism as/and politics; 3. terrorism as/and warfare; 4. terrorism as/and communication; and 5. terrorism as/and religious fundamentalism.  The author acknowledges that these models do probably take enough account of the psychological dimension of terrorism, though that this will overlap to a certain extent with the communication and religious models.

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