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in terrorem: 'with their tanks and their bombs, and their bombs and their guns, in your head'


Asquith, NL, in terrorem: 'with their tanks and their bombs, and their bombs and their guns, in your head', Australian Journal of Sociology, 40, (4) pp. 400-416. ISSN 1440-7833 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1440783304048383


While terrorism has become a major topic of discussion and analysis in the academy and in the policy making of Australian institutions, it rarely affects the everyday life of Australian citizens. Yet for some groups, in terroremis a way of life - particularly for those whose lives are performed under social and political spotlights. At the core of the limitations imposed on certain groups in Australia is the use of language to police the behaviours of these groups, and to create a social environment that makes hiding one’s identity the most effective mechanism to avoid terror. In this article, I analyse the linguistic themes and forms used in hate violence as a way to illustrate the impact of in terrorem on gay men, lesbians and Jews, and suggest alternative means by which to regulate the harm caused by vilification.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:antisemitism • hate speech • hate violence • heterosexism • in terrorem
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Linguistics
Research Field:Sociolinguistics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Asquith, NL (Professor Nicole Asquith)
ID Code:44228
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2007-05-23
Last Modified:2012-06-13

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