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Menu Item or a Specialty?

By Joseph Young

Is terrorism the domain of a group of specialists in violence?  Or is terrorism a tactic (or strategy)[i] that any group or individual may select from a menu of many other tactics?  For some social movement scholars, such as the late Charles Tilly, the answer is simple:

[S]ocial scientists who attempt to explain sudden attacks on civilian targets should doubt the existence of a distinct, coherent class of actors (terrorists) who specialize in a unitary form of political action (terror) and thus should establish a separate variety of politics (terrorism).[ii] Continue reading

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