Beyond binaries: analysing violent state actors in Critical Studies

Shir Daphna-Tekoah, Ayelet Harel-Shalev

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This article discusses the importance of including the voices of violent state actors in critical research about security and terrorism. Critical Studies tend to avoid narrative research about such actors or to give them “face” and place. However, to understand violence, scholars should listen to, and explore, the narratives of those who are committing violence. The article seeks ways to produce emancipatory knowledge and to be critical without being exclusionary. It discusses the difficulties in deciding who merits the researchers’ listening and research focus, and who does not. These issues are explored and contested by presenting an analysis of women combatants’ experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-273
Number of pages21
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
Issue number2
StatePublished - 4 May 2017


  • Critical Studies
  • Israel Defense Forces
  • Israel/Palestine
  • violent state actors
  • women combatants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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