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Can Terrorism Be Defined and Justified?
Can Terrorism Be Defined and Justified?

Author(s): Dorel Morânadău, Mihai TURCU, Michael J. Stevens
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Editura Universitatii LUCIAN BLAGA din Sibiu

Summary/Abstract: In spite of its enduring presence and many forms, a universally accepted definition of terrorism has not yet been forged. The problems that emanate from the lack of a standard definition of terrorism are manifold. Scholars continue to investigate a phenomenon about which they disagree, adding to a scattered literature. Meaningful responses to terrorism, particularly normative ones, cannot be formulated due to the lack of agreement on what constitutes prohibited action. Even pragmatic responses to terrorism, invoked because unresolved definitional issues linger, demand a certain level of consensus, at least in terms of shared perceptions of the unacceptable behavior in question.

  • Issue Year: 2004
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 7-16
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English