Beyond Binaries: Analyzing Violent State Actors in Critical Studies

Ayelet Harel Shalev, Shir Daphna-Tekoah

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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
Title of host publicationCritical Terrorism Studies at Ten
Subtitle of host publicationContributions, Cases and Future Challenges
EditorsRichard Jackson, Harmonie Toros, Lee Jarvis, Charlotte Heath-Kelly
ISBN (Electronic)9780429454844
ISBN (Print)9781138318083, 9780367585969
StatePublished - Sep 2018


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