Terrorism as deviance or social control: Suggestions for future research

Annamarie Oliverio, Pat Lauderdale

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The political character of terrorism is most clearly manifested when new categories of terrorism are being created or old categories are being transformed. Historical and comparative analyses of terrorism demonstrate its diverse, complex nature. This complexity creates numerous problems for researchers who attempt to examine terrorism as an analytical construct rather than a polemical construct. We suggest that because the state exists in a symbiotic relationship to terrorism, responses to terrorism by any state, particularly at the definitional stage, appear to maintain a fairly consistent pattern. It is important to utilize a political process approach to the definition of terrorism to produce systematic and precise explanations. For future research, we suggest the importance of examining the term's latent structure of politicality, the role of hegemony, the low participation of one of the largest oppressed groups in the world and the art of statecraft.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-169
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Comparative Sociology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005


  • Democracy
  • Deviance
  • Hegemony
  • State
  • Terrorism
  • Tyrants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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