This new handbook is a comprehensive collection of cutting-edge essays that investigate the contribution of Critical Terrorism Studies to our understanding of contemporary terrorism and counterterrorism.

Terrorism remains one of the most important security and political issues of our time. After 9/11, Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS) emerged as an alternative approach to the mainstream study of terrorism and counterterrorism, one which combined innovative methods with a searching critique of the abuses of the war on terror. This volume explores the unique contribution of CTS to our understanding of contemporary non-state violence and the state’s response to it. It draws together contributions from key thinkers in the field who explore critical questions around the nature and study of terrorism, the causes of terrorism, state terrorism, responses to terrorism, the war on terror, and emerging issues in terrorism research. Covering a wide range of topics including key debates in the field and emerging issues, the Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies will set a benchmark for future research on terrorism and the response to it.

This handbook will be of great interest to students of terrorism studies, political violence, critical security studies and IR in general.

chapter 1|13 pages


A decade of critical terrorism studies
ByRichard Jackson

part Part I|86 pages

Critical approaches to the study of terrorism

chapter 2|11 pages

The Emergence of Terrorism Studies as a Field

ByLisa Stampnitzky

chapter 3|11 pages

Critical Terrorism Studies After 9/11

ByLee Jarvis

chapter 4|10 pages

The Real and the Bluff

On the ontology of terrorism
ByJoseba Zulaika

chapter 5|11 pages

Critical Epistemologies of Terrorism

ByJames Fitzgerald

chapter 6|10 pages

Post-Structuralism and Constructivism

ByCharlotte Heath-Kelly

chapter 7|10 pages

Critical Theory and Terrorism Studies

Ethics and emancipation
ByHarmonie Toros

chapter 9|11 pages

Methodology and the Critical Study of Terrorism

ByJacob L. Stump

part Part II|55 pages

The nature and causes of terrorism

chapter 10|11 pages

The Definition of Terrorism

ByTimothy Shanahan

chapter 11|10 pages

The Narrative of Terrorism as an Existential Threat 1

ByJessica Wolfendale

chapter 12|10 pages

New Versus Old Terrorism

ByAlexander Spencer

chapter 13|11 pages

Religion and Terrorism

ByIoannis Tellidis

chapter 14|11 pages

Female Terrorism and Militancy

ByCaron Gentry, Laura Sjoberg

part Part III|44 pages

State terrorism

chapter 15|11 pages

Understanding Western State Terrorism

ByRuth Blakeley, Sam Raphael

chapter 16|11 pages


ByBob Brecher

chapter 17|9 pages

Rendition in the “War on Terror”

BySam Raphael, Ruth Blakeley

chapter 18|11 pages

Targeted Killing and Drone Warfare

ByLaurie Calhoun

part Part IV|59 pages

Contemporary responses to terrorism

chapter 19|11 pages

The Language of Counterterrorism

ByJack Holland

chapter 20|11 pages

Critical Evaluation of Counterterrorism

BySondre Lindahl

chapter 21|12 pages

A Critical Perspective on the Global War on Terror

ByPaul Rogers

chapter 22|11 pages

The Governmentality of Terrorism

Uncertainty, risk management, and surveillance
ByLuca Mavelli

part Part V|48 pages

Emerging debates

chapter 24|13 pages

Ecoterrorism and Expansionary Counterterrorism

ByJohn Sorenson

chapter 25|11 pages

Media Coverage of Terrorism

ByBen O'Loughlin

chapter 26|11 pages

Collective Memory and Terrorism

ByCharlotte Heath-Kelly

chapter 27|11 pages

Terrorism and Peace Studies 1

ByIoannis Tellidis