Constructing the Cyberterrorist: Critical Reflections on the UK Case

1st Edition

Gareth Mott

December 16, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 176 Pages
ISBN 9780367223557 - CAT# 303750
Series: Routledge Critical Terrorism Studies

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This book maps and analyses the official British construction of the threat of cyberterrorism.

By using interpretive discourse analysis, this book identifies ‘strands’ from a corpus of policy documents, statements and speeches from UK ministers, MPs and peers, between 12 May 2010 and 24 June 2016. The book examines how the threat of cyberterrorism was constructed in the UK, and what this securitisation has made possible. The author makes novel contributions to the Copenhagen School’s ‘securitisation theory’ framework by outlining a ‘tiered’ rather than monolithic audience system; refining the ‘temporal’ and ‘spatial’ conditioning of a securitisation with reference to the distinctive characteristics of cyberterrorism; and, lastly, by detailing the way in which popular fiction can be ascribed agency to ‘fill in’ an absence of ‘cyberterrorism’ case studies. He also argues that the UK government’s classification of cyberterrorism as a ‘Tier One’ threat created a central strand upon which a discursive securitisation was established.

This book will be of interest to students of critical security studies, terrorism studies, UK politics and IR.

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