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Critical Terrorism Studies: An Explanation, a Defence, and a Way Forward
Unformatted Document Text:  1 Critical Terrorism Studies: An Explanation, a Defence and a Way Forward Richard Jackson, Aberystwyth University A paper prepared for the International Studies Association (ISA) 51 st Annual Convention, 17- 20 February, 2010, New Orleans, USA. Abstract The aims of this paper are to introduce and explain the core commitments and dimensions of the critical terrorism studies (CTS) approach, to defend the retention of the term ‘terrorism’, and to briefly outline a future research agenda. To this end, the paper is divided into three sections. In the first section, I contextualise the rise of CTS and outline its central ontological, epistemological, methodological, and praxiological commitments, arguing that it is more than simply a call for better research on terrorism; rather, CTS offers a new way of understanding and researching terrorism. The second section focuses on the particular problem posed by the term ‘terrorism’ and argues that there are reasons for, and ways of, retaining the term without compromising the broader intellectual and/or emancipatory project. In addition, it explores some of the common misperceptions about the definition of terrorism and proposes a solution to these issues. In the final section, I outline some of the key challenges and dangers facing CTS. I suggest some key ways of avoiding these dangers and briefly outline a future research agenda. Author Contact Information Dr Richard Jackson, Reader in International Politics, Editor, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University Penglais, Ceredigion SY23 3FE United Kingdom ## email not listed ##

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Critical Terrorism Studies: An Explanation, a Defence and a Way Forward 
Richard Jackson, Aberystwyth University 
A paper prepared for the International Studies Association (ISA) 51
 Annual Convention, 17-
20 February, 2010, New Orleans, USA. 
The aims of this paper are to introduce and explain the core commitments and dimensions 
of the critical terrorism studies (CTS) approach, to defend the retention of the term 
‘terrorism’, and to briefly outline a future research agenda. To this end, the paper is divided 
into three sections. In the first section, I contextualise the rise of CTS and outline its central 
ontological, epistemological, methodological, and praxiological commitments, arguing that 
it is more than simply a call for better research on terrorism; rather, CTS offers a new way of 
understanding and researching terrorism. The second section focuses on the particular 
problem posed by the term ‘terrorism’ and argues that there are reasons for, and ways of, 
retaining the term without compromising the broader intellectual and/or emancipatory 
project. In addition, it explores some of the common misperceptions about the definition of 
terrorism and proposes a solution to these issues. In the final section, I outline some of the 
key challenges and dangers facing CTS. I suggest some key ways of avoiding these dangers 
and briefly outline a future research agenda.   
Author Contact Information 
Dr Richard Jackson, 
Reader in International Politics, 
Editor, Critical Studies on Terrorism
Department of International Politics, 
Aberystwyth University 
Penglais, Ceredigion SY23 3FE 
United Kingdom 
## email not listed ##

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