Talking Terrorism: A Dictionary of the Loaded Language of Political Violence

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$87.60
Publisher
Greenwood
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Pages
240
Dimensions
7.04 X 10.46 X 0.81 inches | 1.49 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780313324864

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About the Author
PHILIP HERBST is an author and editor whose previous books, The Color of Words and Wimmin, Wimps, and Wallflowers, dealt with how language defines social and political reality. A cultural anthropologist, Herbst has taught at the State University of New York, Potsdam, was a Visiting Scholar in both the Anthropology and the Gender Studies departments at Northwestern University, and has conducted research under the auspices of the National Institutes for Health and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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"Talking Terrorism is a splendid foray into an area heretofore unexplored. The work deals with the language that eulogizes violence and promotes bigotry, hatred, and death; it uncovers the truth behind lies and propaganda. Language can shape a nation's identity or its predilection toward violence or response to it. Herbst provides insight into how language can define or deform political reality, yet his book is not a study of the socio-politico-economic events that coalesce or galvanize a people or individual to commit violent acts. Talking Terrorism is original, refreshing, and insightful. It attempts to discern the why of terrorism and political violence from the perspective of language. Highly recommended. All readership levels."-Choice
"Advanced students doing research on political theory, current topics or the media might find this work valuable. Certainly, some of the terms would be difficult to research on a filtered Internet system."-School Library Journal
"An excellent introduction to the topic of terrorism and use of language by politicians frames the discussion of the terms....a fascinating and necessary addition to available material on language as well as on terrorism. Recommended for academic and public libraries."-Booklist/RBB
"[a] dictionary with a social and political objective: to explore how supposedly civilized people, groups, and governments the world over use language to provide a moral justification for violence....Herbst sticks to his bias-busting agenda without ever falling into the trap of political correctness or taking sides on an issue....This title is highly recommended for academic and public libraries."-Library Journal
"This reference book provides a detailed treatment of the language of terrorism from political and historical perspectives....The alphabetically arranged entries are comprehensive and contain admirable period coverage....has an excellent easy-to-use index and a wonderful bibliography, as well as an exceptional cross-reference system....a valuable source and reference tool, especially for high school and public libraries."-VOYA
"[T]his is in many ways an unconventional book, and a book of great courage and insight. While it is not the usual fare of linguistics courses, I can certainly see using it in a lot of the work we do. Its definitions can make for lively class discussions in semantics and pragmatics courses, and many of its themes and terms have bearing for sociolinguistsics as well. As linguists and sociolinguists, we need full awareness of how we deform language and how it, in turn, deforms us. Talking Terrorism is an invaluable wake-up call."-Language in Society
"Ýa¨ dictionary with a social and political objective: to explore how supposedly civilized people, groups, and governments the world over use language to provide a moral justification for violence....Herbst sticks to his bias-busting agenda without ever falling into the trap of political correctness or taking sides on an issue....This title is highly recommended for academic and public libraries."-Library Journal
"ÝT¨his is in many ways an unconventional book, and a book of great courage and insight. While it is not the usual fare of linguistics courses, I can certainly see using it in a lot of the work we do. Its definitions can make for lively class discussions in semantics and pragmatics courses, and many of its themes and terms have bearing for sociolinguistsics as well. As linguists and sociolinguists, we need full awareness of how we deform language and how it, in turn, deforms us. Talking Terrorism is an invaluable wake-up call."-Language in Society
?Advanced students doing research on political theory, current topics or the media might find this work valuable. Certainly, some of the terms would be difficult to research on a filtered Internet system.?-School Library Journal
?An excellent introduction to the topic of terrorism and use of language by politicians frames the discussion of the terms....a fascinating and necessary addition to available material on language as well as on terrorism. Recommended for academic and public libraries.?-Booklist/RBB
?[a] dictionary with a social and political objective: to explore how supposedly civilized people, groups, and governments the world over use language to provide a moral justification for violence....Herbst sticks to his bias-busting agenda without ever falling into the trap of political correctness or taking sides on an issue....This title is highly recommended for academic and public libraries.?-Library Journal
?This reference book provides a detailed treatment of the language of terrorism from political and historical perspectives....The alphabetically arranged entries are comprehensive and contain admirable period coverage....has an excellent easy-to-use index and a wonderful bibliography, as well as an exceptional cross-reference system....a valuable source and reference tool, especially for high school and public libraries.?-VOYA
?[T]his is in many ways an unconventional book, and a book of great courage and insight. While it is not the usual fare of linguistics courses, I can certainly see using it in a lot of the work we do. Its definitions can make for lively class discussions in semantics and pragmatics courses, and many of its themes and terms have bearing for sociolinguistsics as well. As linguists and sociolinguists, we need full awareness of how we deform language and how it, in turn, deforms us. Talking Terrorism is an invaluable wake-up call.?-Language in Society
?Talking Terrorism is a splendid foray into an area heretofore unexplored. The work deals with the language that eulogizes violence and promotes bigotry, hatred, and death; it uncovers the truth behind lies and propaganda. Language can shape a nation's identity or its predilection toward violence or response to it. Herbst provides insight into how language can define or deform political reality, yet his book is not a study of the socio-politico-economic events that coalesce or galvanize a people or individual to commit violent acts. Talking Terrorism is original, refreshing, and insightful. It attempts to discern the why of terrorism and political violence from the perspective of language. Highly recommended. All readership levels.?-Choice
"Philip Herbst is definitely on to something as he relentlessly analyzes the manipulation of language about violent political actions. Talking Terrorism is a well-researched and thoughtful book that challenges the reader to rethink assumptions about buzzwords that pass before our eyes and funnel into our ears every day. While the news media seem to thrive on unthinking repetition of easy cliches and stereotypes grouped around rhetoric about "terrorism," Herbst invites us to think more deeply about routine words and their demagogic uses."-Norman Solomon co-author of Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You Executive Director, Institute for Public Accuracy
"The dictionary is accessibly written and organised, ending with a handy index and general bibliography for those interested in reading more on the subject of political violence. The book entries offer a usefully broad scope on politically violent actions and their perpetrators - from lobby groups such as anti-abortion campaigners to state, transnational and other global actors. I recommend the dictionary as an excellent resource for sociolinguists interested in the sociopolitical use of language in general, and to those working on political discourse and the discourse of political violence in particular."-Journal of Sociolinguistics