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Disordered ViolenceHow Gender, Race and Heteronormativity Structure Terrorism$
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Caron Gentry

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424806

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424806.001.0001

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Ir/rationality: Radicalisation, ‘Black Extremism’ and Prevent Tragedies

Ir/rationality: Radicalisation, ‘Black Extremism’ and Prevent Tragedies

(p.121) Chapter 4 Ir/rationality: Radicalisation, ‘Black Extremism’ and Prevent Tragedies
Disordered Violence

Caron E. Gentry

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the racialisation and gendering of rationality further. It begins by looking at different conceptualisations of rationality, including ‘bounded’ and ‘think’ rationality. It then turns to the the decolonialism literature, noting that as much as social scientists work to approach rationality from a new perspective, it is impossible to erase the gendered, racialised, and heteronormative expectations behind it. Thus, when Terrorism Studies, and notably Critical Terrorism Studies, attempt to rescue ‘terrorist’ actors from earlier claims of irrationality, problems still remain. It still presumes rationality exists and, by not dealing with the problematic discourses behind rationality claims, these discourses are inadvertently reapplied. The chapter then turns to making an important claim that irrationality and radicalisation are synonymous. It looks then at the discourses of radicalisation in counter-terrorism, particularly in two different cases of Prevent Tragedies and the blind spot towards white extremism in the US.

Keywords:   Rationality, Decolonisation, Radicalisation, counter-terrorism, Prevent, Extremism, race

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