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Alert but not alarmed? The rhetoric of terrorism and life after 9/11


Walker, KN, Alert but not alarmed? The rhetoric of terrorism and life after 9/11, Contemporary Nurse, 21, (2) pp. 267-276. ISSN 1037-6178 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.5172/conu.2006.21.2.267


Our contemporary times are marked by an ever-present regime of sporadic and seemingly escalating violence and counter-violence as terrorism never rests in its campaign to destroy life and property in virtually every corner of the globe. Since September 11, 2001 our political and cultural climate has become increasingly febrile as governments and their various agencies of control ramp up their rhetoric on terrorism with often devastating social and inter-subjective consequences. In this paper I explore the idea of terrorism as a strategic device deployed by a range of actors and entities to manipulate and undermine the Western 'way of life'. Drawing on a diverse range of scholarship I interrogate the politics of fear and anxiety terrorism is designed to propagate and in closing, suggest some tactics ordinary citizens might adopt in order not to be cowed by terrorism's relentless assault on our intellects and sensibilities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Walker, KN (Professor Kim Walker)
ID Code:43350
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-30

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