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Angstpolitik. Terrorismus als politische Strategie

Selk, Veith (2011):
Angstpolitik. Terrorismus als politische Strategie.
In: Diskurs, (1), 7. pp. 8-33, ISSN 1865-6846,
[Online-Edition: http://www.diskurs-zeitschrift.de/wp-content/uploads/2012/10...],
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Abstract

In the social sciences terrorism is often understood as a political strategy that is characterized by the use of violence to stoke fear. This article tries to analyse the symbolic logic behind this strategy and conceptualises terrorism as a mode of the politics of fear. The terrorist politics of fear aim to attack the nexus between protection and obedience which is fun-damental for modern structures of political domination. Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan is the symbol of this nexus: he is the monopolist of fear. Terro-rism is therefore analysed as a political strategy to undermine the belief in this symbol through acts of violence which cause fear.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2011
Creators: Selk, Veith
Title: Angstpolitik. Terrorismus als politische Strategie
Language: German
Abstract:

In the social sciences terrorism is often understood as a political strategy that is characterized by the use of violence to stoke fear. This article tries to analyse the symbolic logic behind this strategy and conceptualises terrorism as a mode of the politics of fear. The terrorist politics of fear aim to attack the nexus between protection and obedience which is fun-damental for modern structures of political domination. Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan is the symbol of this nexus: he is the monopolist of fear. Terro-rism is therefore analysed as a political strategy to undermine the belief in this symbol through acts of violence which cause fear.

Journal or Publication Title: Diskurs
Number: 1
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science
02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Political Science
02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Political Science > Political Theory and History of Ideas
Date Deposited: 22 May 2019 12:37
Official URL: http://www.diskurs-zeitschrift.de/wp-content/uploads/2012/10...
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