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Chapter 4 – Conceptualizations of Terrorism

Anthony Richards


This document provides an excellent discussion on the challenges of defining terrorism, entitled ‘Terrorism – The Definitional Problem’, by one of the foremost scholars in the field, Alex P. Schmid.


Here you can find a very comprehensive and useful bibliography of journal articles, book chapters, books, and edited volumes on defining and conceptualising terrorism put together by Judith Tinnes for Perspectives on Terrorism.


This article by Richard Jackson, entitled ‘An Argument for Terrorism’, makes the case that, despite ‘serious political and ontological obstacles’, it should be possible to agree on set criteria that mark terrorism out as a distinctive form of political violence.