Terrorists, scholars and ordinary people: Confronting terrorism studies with field experiences

Toros, Harmonie (2008) Terrorists, scholars and ordinary people: Confronting terrorism studies with field experiences. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 1 2: 279-292. doi:10.1080/17539150802184652


Author Toros, Harmonie
Title Terrorists, scholars and ordinary people: Confronting terrorism studies with field experiences
Journal name Critical Studies on Terrorism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1753-9153
1753-9161
Publication date 2008-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17539150802184652
Volume 1
Issue 2
Start page 279
End page 292
Total pages 14
Editor Marie Breen Smyth
Jeroen Gunning
Richard Jackson
George Kassimeris
Piers Robinson
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Fieldwork in the study of terrorism remains the exception, allowing for scores of publications to be produced each year with little or no contact with the perpetrators of terrorist violence and scarce direct observation of the social realities in which it occurs. While examining some of the serious drawbacks and pitfalls such research can entail, this article makes a case for more fieldwork in terrorism studies, arguing that it can bring greater depth to our understanding of terrorist violence. The discussion focuses on a common assumption – the existence of the ‘terrorist’ as subject – and a common practice of terrorism studies – the concentration on extraordinary events at the expense of ‘ordinary life’ and ‘ordinary people’ – and how they are called into question by the material gathered during field research conducted in the Southern Philippine region of Mindanao. The article concludes with a reflection on some of the challenges facing researchers in danger zones, from their dependence on local knowledge for security to the need for methodological flexibility when faced with the complexity of research in conflict areas.
Keyword Terrorism
Fieldwork
Mindanao
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Symposium: Critical Terrorism Studies: Foundations, Issues, Challenges

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