Gabe Mythen and Sandra Walklate consider the British government’s framing of the terrorist threat in media discourses following the bombings in New York, Washington, Madrid and London. A variety of commentators have been keen to mark off the activities of radical Islamic networks as fundamentally distinct from the operations of traditional terrorist groups. The ways in which people respond to terrorist attacks such as 7/7 are only partly determined by the incident itself and/or the scale of the disaster. Acts of terrorism are accorded different meanings in line with what they culturally signify and represent. The presentation of the terrorist as abject and ultra-deviant meshes into a wider framework through which moral judgements are decided upon and retributive consequences dished out. Aspects of denial and acting-out are self-evident in the calls for tightening of the laws in relation to terrorism on the one hand and the emotive language used to denounce terrorist activities and reassure the public on the other.
|Title of host publication||Crime and Media|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Reader|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon UK|
|Number of pages||12|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781000712681, 9780203894781|
|ISBN (Print)||9780415422383, 9780415422390|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|