Essay about Analysis Of ' The Eye Of The Beholder '

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‘Terrorism is in the eye of the beholder’ – Critically assess this statement

It is argued that the act of terrorism began during the French Revolution, after the executions of the monarchy, the leading revolutionary group the Jacobins sort to use the guillotine as a method to extract fear in the public and deter enemies. Terrorism/terrorists or any other form of deviant behaviour instils fear into the public and thus can apply stigma to the involved parties, such as the Islamic state/Muslims, a new form of music or new trend. Additionally, this essay will recognize Pauline Hanson’s Senate speech regarding Muslims. This piece also will detail the notion of terrorism, the myths and preconceptions as well as a brief commentary on both domestic and state terrorism. In addition, the main focus of this essay will be on moral panics and how these panics make terrorism fester to be in the eye of the beholder.
Many scholars have attempted to define terrorism, some such as Walter Laqueur who argues that ‘a comprehensive definition of terrorism…does not exist nor will it be found in the foreseeable future. To argue that terrorism cannot be studied without such a definition is manifestly absurd’ (p. 5). For the purposes of this piece however, Jack Gibbs’ (1989) definition will be recognized; terrorism therefore ‘is illegal violence or threatened violence directed against human or nonhuman objects, provided that it: aimed to alter norms, secretive and carrying out acts, not for defence…

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