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dc.contributor.authorFisher, Kathryn
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-28T15:43:32Z
dc.date.available2013-08-28T15:43:32Z
dc.date.issued2011-11-11
dc.identifier.citationFisher, K. (2011). Terrorist threat construction and the transition to permanent British counterterrorism law. Journal of Terrorism Research, 2(3), pp. 9-23.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2049-7040en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://ojs.st-andrews.ac.uk/index.php/jtr/article/view/225en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/4011
dc.description.abstractAfter over two decades of renewing temporary counterterrorism laws in Britain from the early 1970s, making such measures permanent with the Terrorism Act 2000 was not necessarily a predictable or predetermined outcome. The Northern Ireland peace process was underway, the Labour party who had voted against temporary counterterrorism laws for over a decade was newly back in power, and historical context pointed to an inconclusiveness around how effective such laws actually were in reducing insecurity. In this article I argue a key element helping explain this transition from temporary to permanent counterterrorism law lies in how particular threat and referent identities were constructed in official British discourse. Drawing on empirical research from a relational-securitization analysis of official British discourses from the late 1960s to the present, this paper argues that processes of identity construction were essential to introducing and justifying the Terrorism Act 2000. The deployment of particular threat and referent labels established in discourse before events such as 9/11 or 7/7, such as “international” terrorism, helped enable the shift from counterterrorism law from temporary emergency response to permanent policy practice.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherCentre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Terrorism Researchen_US
dc.rightsThis is an open access article published in Journal of Terrorism Research. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
dc.subjectBritainen_US
dc.subjectSecuritizationen_US
dc.subjectCounterterrorism lawen_US
dc.subjectDiscourseen_US
dc.subjectIdentityen_US
dc.subjectRelationalismen_US
dc.subject.lccHV6431en_US
dc.subject.lcshTerrorismen_US
dc.titleTerrorist threat construction and the transition to permanent British counterterrorism lawen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.description.versionPublisher PDFen_US
dc.publicationstatusPublisheden_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://doi.org/10.15664/jtr.225en


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