Aestheticising terrorism: Alternative approaches to 11 September

Bleiker, Roland (2003) Aestheticising terrorism: Alternative approaches to 11 September. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 49 3: 430-445. doi:10.1111/1467-8497.00297

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Author Bleiker, Roland
Title Aestheticising terrorism: Alternative approaches to 11 September
Journal name Australian Journal of Politics and History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9522
Publication date 2003-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-8497.00297
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 49
Issue 3
Start page 430
End page 445
Total pages 16
Editor I. Ward
A. Bonnell
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Subject 440101 Aesthetics
360105 International Relations
2103 Historical Studies
Abstract This paper highlights the methodological difficulties of ascribing causation to events which are to some extent "irrational" and demanding of different forms of understanding - such as those provided in Romantic literature, or poetry, or art. It may be that the scientific urge to systematise diverts analytical attention from debates over values, and from existential complexities in the connections between (say) poverty and violent acts of (imagined) retribution. Official language also proffers distorting metaphors, sanitises facts and impedes the possibility of combating terrorism. "Non-analytical methods" may be essential to analysis.
Keyword Terrorism
Political science
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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