Crime, Law and Social Change

, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 219–242

Toward a phenomenology of terrorism: implications for research and policy


DOI: 10.1007/s10611-011-9310-9

Cite this article as:
Morris, T. & Crank, J.P. Crime Law Soc Change (2011) 56: 219. doi:10.1007/s10611-011-9310-9


The central theme of this paper is that the phenomenology of perception can contribute to conceptualizing terrorism, in terms of both a research orientation and policy applications. This means that counter-terrorism needs to be grounded in a holistic perspective that has meaning from the point of view of those engaged in terrorism. A critique of the “war on terror” counter-terrorism practices is followed by a discussion of phenomenology and its implications for a holistic perception of counter-terrorism. Four cases are presented that show how a phenomenological approach can facilitate counter-terrorism study and policy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Justice Studies and SociologyNorwich UniversityNorthfieldUSA
  2. 2.School of Criminology & Criminal JusticeUniversity of Nebraska at OmahaOmahaUSA

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