Talking Terrorism: A Dictionary of the Loaded Language of Political Violence (Hardcover)

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Talking Terrorism: A Dictionary of the Loaded Language of Political Violence (Hardcover)


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Anarchist, freedom fighter, fundamentalist, terrorist. These words are thrown about today with seeming abandon. But each of these terms, and hundreds like them, have connotations and denotations charged with meanings which can be used strategically by politicians, journalists, and ordinary citizens. ITalking Terrorism R defines, traces, and explains the loaded, controversial, confusing, and shifting language that surrounds terrorist activity. The dictionary comprises words used to characterize individuals, groups, or countries that commit or support acts of political violence. Also covered is the closely related language that conveys the justifications and agendas of those responding to violence, including these groups' self-characterizations, which might entail the masking of a multitude of sins. In addition, the ways terrorists use language to smear enemies, recruit and inspire group members, and communicate the righteousness of their causes are examined.

Following an A-to-Z format, ITalking Terrorism R identifies and defines terms in dictionary style, then explores the charged meanings of the words, and often supplies examples of the words' usage. Cross-references will lead readers to related words and show the complicated web of words used in this verbal warfare. In the words and verbal maneuvers discussed in the dictionary, readers will see how enemies are manufactured through demonization, biased media coverage and government spin in action, and brutality legitimized as virtue, along with the besmirching of its victims. Much of what readers will find may not seem encouraging, yet ITalking Terrorism R will open the eyes and ears of anyone who wants to come to grips with today's tumultuous political world.
PHILIP HERBST is an author and editor whose previous books, The Color of Words and Wimmin, Wimps, and Wallflowers, dealt with how language defines social and political reality. A cultural anthropologist, Herbst has taught at the State University of New York, Potsdam, was a Visiting Scholar in both the Anthropology and the Gender Studies departments at Northwestern University, and has conducted research under the auspices of the National Institutes for Health and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Product Details ISBN: 9780313324864
ISBN-10: 0313324867
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: August 30th, 2003
Pages: 240
Language: English