Terrorism as Strategic Communication

Authored by: Liane Rothenberger

The Routledge Handbook of Strategic Communication

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415530019
eBook ISBN: 9780203094440
Adobe ISBN: 9781136207129

10.4324/9780203094440.ch31

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Abstract

[A]n act of terrorism is in reality an act of communication. For the terrorist the message matters, not the victim. [. . .] In our view terrorism can best be understood as a violent communication strategy. There is a sender, the terrorist, a message generator, the victim, and a receiver, the enemy and/or the public. [. . .] Without communication, as we have said at the beginning of this chapter, there can be no terrorism.

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