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dc.contributor.authorGentry, Caron Eileen
dc.identifier.citationGentry , C E 2015 , ' Anxiety and the creation of the scapegoated other ' , Critical Studies on Security , vol. 3 , no. 2 , pp. 133-146 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 165699983
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-2035-8424/work/77132476
dc.description.abstractThis article examines how anxiety saturates the neo-Orientalist driven thesis of new terrorism, especially in how both anxiety and new terrorism are related to the unknown. Of particular importance is the description of al Qaeda as an amorphous and thus unknowable threat by Western academics and the media, which reifies the discursive neo-Orientalist binary of the West versus Islam. Scholars of International Relations are increasingly engaging with emotions and their impact on binary and hierarchical structures. Emotions operate relationally as they are the articulation of affect. The emotions discursively constitute identity and community structures, helping to inform ideas of self and other. The more specific study of anxiety reveals similarities, but anxiety also operates differently from other emotions as it is focused on future potentialities. Thus, terrorism and anxiety are co-constitutive in their conceptual dependency on futurity and uncertainty that sustain the neo-Orientalist binary.
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dc.rights© 2015 York University. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Studies on Security on 24/04/2015, available online:
dc.subjectJZ International relationsen
dc.titleAnxiety and the creation of the scapegoated otheren
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of International Relationsen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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