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The Tabloid Terrorist

The Predicative Construction of New Terrorism in the Media

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Alexander Spencer
    Pages 8-28
  3. Alexander Spencer
    Pages 29-52
  4. Alexander Spencer
    Pages 93-106
  5. Alexander Spencer
    Pages 107-135
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 145-200

About this book


This book introduces a constructivist approach to the study of terrorism and shows how language in the media affects our perceptions of 'terrorists' and how particular constructions of 'terrorist' automatically make certain counter-terrorism policies possible, logical and seemingly appropriate.


Germany media terrorism

About the authors

ALEXANDER SPENCER is Assistant Professor at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.

Bibliographic information


'Alexander Spencer successfully establishes constructivist terrorism research as nothing less than an alternative to traditional and critical terrorism studies.' - Professor Christopher Daase, Chair for International Organisations, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

'This commendable book provides useful insights into how terrorism is developing in the popular imagination' - Michael Higgins in West European Politics

'The book provides interesting inroads, especially in demarcating the difference between critical but still materialist terrorism researchers and constructivist yet critical proponents of the field'

- Alexander Brand in Political Studies Review Vol 10, Issue 1, 2012.