Terrorism in a Global Village: How Terrorism Affects Our Daily Lives

Maximiliano E. Korstanje (Editor)
University of Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Visiting Fellow at CERS University of Leeds, UK

Series: Terrorism, Hot Spots and Conflict-Related Issues
BISAC: POL037000

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This book centers not only on the “scourge of terrorism”, a problem which concerns policy-makers, officials and governments worldwide, but dissects the reasons and effects it has on people’s daily lives. Focusing on 9/11 as the founding event, terrorism and the attention given by the media and news containing violence-related content paved the way for the rise of a new stage of capitalism.

Authors invited to this project discuss with accuracy to what extent terrorism is changing day-to-day behaviours, social institutions and democracy. Basically, the rise and expansion of globalization, which crystalized into a more mobile world, alluded to a culture of instantaneity where news on terror produces a double-edge effect. On one hand, terrorist cells are prone to develop crueler and further violent tactics to perpetrate their attacks since the constant media coverage produces a process of desensitization in audiences. On another hand, the “war on terror” is discursively manipulated to impose some restrictive economic policies that would otherwise be neglected. Lastly, not only does terrorism seem to affect the tenets of democracy, but it also accelerates the rise of populist leaders in the decades to come. Since terrorism is subtly changing our lives, this book offers an all-encompassing model to expand the current understanding of students, scholars and policy makers in order to prioritize republicanism over “the concept of security”. In this vein, Latin America has much to say to shed light on how terrorism effaces democracy. In view of the American sentiment of exemplarity adjoined to the commoditization of death in capitalist societies, the discourse of fear may very well lead to pathological reactions that prevent “hospitality”, which was historically the touchstone of the Western world. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1. Exploring the Archetype of Americaness and the Excemplary Principle: The Fear of Traveling Abroad
Maximiliano E. Korstanje and Geoffrey Skoll (University of Palermo, Argentina, and others)

Chapter 2. Asymmetrical Hotel Threats
Ioannis Galatas and Peter Tarlow (CBRNe Research Associate, Center for Security Studies (KEMEA), Athens, Greece, and others)

Chapter 3. How Terrorism Has Affected Me
Christopher Bach (Northeastern University, USA)

Chapter 4. Craving for the Consumption of Suffering and Commoditization of Death: The Evolving Facets of Thana Capitalism
Maximiliano Korstanje and Babu P. George (University of Palermo, Argentina, and others)

Chapter 5. The Philosophical Risk in the Tourism Research: Risk and Tourism
Celeste Nava Jiménez (Universidad de Guanajuato, México)

Chapter 6. Postcards from Hell: Evil and Islamic State
Primavera Fisogni (PhD in Metaphysics and Journalist, Editorial chief, La Provincia daily newspaper, Como, Italy)

Chapter 7. Dark Tourism and Digital Gift Economies: Some Epistemological Notes
Rodanthi Tzanelli (Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK)

Chapter 8. Great Terror and Neo-liberalism in Chile
Freddy Timmermann (Catholic University Silva Henriquez, Santiago, Chile)

Index

“Terrorism in a Global Village is a timely and much needed book nowadays when the public along with academics and policymakers are in dire need to understand terrorism and its impact on day-to-day decisions. It is uniquely designed to appeal to a wide-range of readers who can benefit from its multidimensional approach of tackling significant topics about terrorism.” - Mahmoud Eid, University of Ottawa, Canada

“This is a nice contribution to an area of terrorism studies that has gotten too little scholarly attention - the issue of how countries respond to terrorist attacks.” - Max Abrahms - Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Northeastern University, USA

“Serious students of terrorism and state sponsored violence will grapple with the insights by international scholars about how everyday life and social institutions are affected by terrorist acts themselves, as well as the controlling and surveillance practices enacted to combat terrorism. Terrorism in the Global Village is a gem in the expanding study of conflict and social change.” - David Altheide - Regents Professor Emeritus. Arizona State University, USA

“Terrorism has become the defining form of political, ideological and religious conflict of our time. Decades of asymmetric struggle have honed the ability of radicalized factions to attack and destabilize much larger and richer societies, using fear as their primary weapon, while the need to protect these societies has led to an unprecedented extension of the role and reach of the security forces, thereby removing much of the privacy that previous generations could take for granted. The boundaries between organized crime and terrorist networks have become increasingly blurred, as the new generation of terrorists has learned how to reach out through families, personal contacts and the internet to recruit violent and disaffected youth around the world. The threats that we face are now everywhere, and many of them are almost invisible. This has become a struggle of faith, values and belief, and it remains to be seen which will prevail.” - Professor Anthony Clayton, MA, PhD, FCAS, FTWAS, CD - University of West Indies, Jamaica

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