Second Order Terrorism

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    Abstract

    Purpose-Post-9/11 a first order terrorism narrative has been widely asserted. In this chapter, I explore the development of second order terrorism narrative or ideal-type. Methodology/approach-The chapter begins by providing a brief synopsis of three highly mediated Australian counter-terrorism operations and of shortcomings in incident counting. It also relies on some U.S. research on counter-terrorism prosecutions in support. Findings-In first order terrorism, crime appears as a spectacular irruption or original sin on a tabula rasa of innocence and there is a clean division between us and them, non-state and state, victim and offender. In the second order terrorism narrative there is a contrasting claim that 9/11 is blowback, in kind, for U.S.-led interventions and does not offer a clean division between how we and they behave, blurs non-state and state culpability in big crimes, and sees victims and offenders trading places over time. As we adjust our perspective from the presumptive first order to second order event-acts, terrorism and counter-terrorism, event-act and interdiction, is merged as one. Originality/value-The concept may be useful in accounting for assumptions pertaining to this category of crime, including its relation with precaution and security.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTerrorism and Counter-terrorism Today
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
    Pages111-130
    Number of pages20
    Volume20
    ISBN (Print)9781785601910
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Publication series

    NameSociology of Crime Law and Deviance
    ISSN (Print)1521-6136

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    de Lint, W. (2015). Second Order Terrorism. In Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Today (Vol. 20, pp. 111-130). (Sociology of Crime Law and Deviance). Emerald Group Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1521-613620150000020006