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Terror and Taboo: The Follies, Fables, and Faces of Terrorism [Paperback]

Joseba Zulaika , William Douglass
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19 Sep 1996
Terror and Taboo is about the mythology of terrorism; it is an exploration of the ways we talk about terrorism. It offers incontestable evidence to support the idea that we give power to terrorism by the way we write and talk about it. According to Zulaika and Douglass, we make terrorism worse by the way we represent it in the media and in everyday conversation. Through their examination of terrorism, they propose to remove the taboos surrounding terrorism. Terror and Taboo is full of examples to ground the authors premise, ranging from specific examples, such as tendency to talk more about where Timothy McVeigh shopped for weapons than about the international traffic in arms by legitimate nations, to more theoretical interpretations that will be familiar to readers of cultural studies books.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (19 Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041591759X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415917599
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseba Zulaika is an Associate Professor in the Basque Studies Program at the University of Nevada. He is the author of Basque Violence. William Douglass is a Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Basque Studies at the University of Nevada.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is all terrorism like the Basque nationalists? 9 April 1998
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This book started out as a good overview of terrorism. How words will define the reality of a situation, how terrorism depends on the media for the terror effect, how terrorist attacks are random while still having a target, and a fairly good discussion of how terrorism is defined. However, at about the halfway point, the book became too focused towards the ETA, a terrorist organization supporting Basque nationalists. This book went from a discussion of terrorism, to a discussion of how the police were abusing their power while trying to fight the ETA. I suppose it covered the topic well, but it was annoying because I wanted a book on terrorism in general, not a book about the ETA and the police.
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The previous reader highly misrepresents the purpose of this book, and either didn't read the book or completely failed to appreciate its anthropological nature.

The book it is not about terrorism; it is an ethnographic study into phenomenon we describe as terrorism and an attempt disenchant to myth, the illusion that "the thing itself" exists as an evil enterprise out to end western democracy. Saying "not all terrorism is like ETA" is to completely miss the point and to fall into the trap that our ritual heritage has set up; the label itself distorts reality according the culture in which it is seen to exist. ETA is used to prove this point, I honestly don't know how one can read this book and make the conclusion you made.

It is an incisive study into the cultural explanations for the development of what is essentialy a false category based on loose and meaningless defintions. For me, the only meaningful poststructural analysis of modern politcal conditions, if only its message were headed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is all terrorism like the Basque nationalists? 9 April 1998
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This book started out as a good overview of terrorism. How words will define the reality of a situation, how terrorism depends on the media for the terror effect, how terrorist attacks are random while still having a target, and a fairly good discussion of how terrorism is defined. However, at about the halfway point, the book became too focused towards the ETA, a terrorist organization supporting Basque nationalists. This book went from a discussion of terrorism, to a discussion of how the police were abusing their power while trying to fight the ETA. I suppose it covered the topic well, but it was annoying because I wanted a book on terrorism in general, not a book about the ETA and the police.
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