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February 2, 2005

Frameworks for Conceptualising Terrorism

Terrorism has been situated - and thereby implicitly also defined - in various contexts such as crime, politics, war, revolution, propaganda and religion. Depending on which framework one chooses, certain aspects of terrorism get exposed while others are placed ‘outside the picture’ if only one framework is utilised. In this chapter each of these perspectives is discussed at various levels of depth. At the end of the chapter, selected social science definitions and definitions of terrorism by Member States and international organisations are listed as appendices.

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