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“9/11 is alive and well” or how critical terrorism studies has sustained the 9/11 narrative

Toros, Harmonie (2017) “9/11 is alive and well” or how critical terrorism studies has sustained the 9/11 narrative. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 10 (2). pp. 203-219. ISSN 1753-9153. E-ISSN 1753-9161. (doi:10.1080/17539153.2017.1337326) (KAR id:61640)


This article argues that despite engaging in a powerful critique of the construction of the attacks of 11 September 2001 (or “9/11”) as temporal break, critical terrorism scholars have sustained and reproduced this same construction of “9/11”. Through a systematic analysis of the research articles published in Critical Studies on Terrorism, this article illustrates how critical scholars have overall failed to extricate themselves from this dominant narrative, as they inhabit the same visual, emotional and professional landscape as those they critique. After examining how CTS has reproduced but also renegotiated this narrative, the article concludes with what Michel Foucault would describe as an “effective history” of the attacks – in this case, a personal narrative of how the attacks did not constitute a moment of personal rupture but nonetheless later became a backdrop to justify my scholarship and career. It ends with a renewal of Maya Zeyfuss’ call to forget “9/11”.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17539153.2017.1337326
Uncontrolled keywords: 9/11, temporal rupture, chronologies, narrative, auto-ethnography
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Harmonie Toros
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 13:16 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 00:51 UTC
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