Existential terrorism: civil society and its enemies

Bendle, Mervyn F. (2006) Existential terrorism: civil society and its enemies. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 52 (1). pp. 115-130.

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This paper explores the attitude of contemporary terrorism towards civil society, the intermediate realm between the family and the state that accommodates the free play of economic and cultural forces and individual and group interests. Terrorism now targets not only people and institutions that operate within civil society but civil society itself, i.e., terrorism increasingly targets the very possibility of an autonomous realm of everyday life. This tendency is found in the Islamism of Al-Qaeda, but also in any group that adheres to the "Augustinian paradigm" of civil society that arose in the West and dominates radical ideologies. An exploration of this situation illuminates both the nature and tactics of contemporary terrorism and the role of civil society itself.

Item ID: 4646
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-8497
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2009 00:49
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society @ 51%
81 DEFENCE > 810199 Defence not elsewhere classified @ 49%
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