Politics, Stereotypes and Terrorism: The Politics of Fear in Liberal Democracies

By Jade Evans.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Cultural stereotypes are apparent in all aspects of life, but none more so than in the politics of the War on Terror. By constructing an absolute enemy, the political climate has enabled politicians to behaviour in ways that would otherwise not be accepted in liberal democracies.
Despite the construct of the War on Terror, terrorism is not a phenomenon new to the 21st century. From Zealots of Judea to bin Laden, the IRA to the Animal Liberation Front, the idea of terrorism as a mechanism for social change has been apparent for over centuries. The causes may be different, but the purpose is the same.
In constructing the threat and political climate the emotive terms used, such as the “war on terror” itself, are carefully chosen to provide politicians with a license to act in certain ways. Many of the actions taken by liberal democracies underpinning this conflict go against the idea of “liberal”, “moral”, and “enlightened” societies.
This paper investigates the issues involved in the politics of terror and the implications on our societies.

Keywords: Terrorism, Culture, Discrimination, Society, Inclusion

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.71-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 731.977KB).

Jade Evans

Masters Research Student, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, University of South Australia, Sydney, SA, Australia

A research student and Director of an international organisational development organisation, Jade’s research interests are American politics, religious identity, and the politics of cultural diversity.

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