The state and ‘terrorists’ in Nepal and Northern Ireland

The social construction of state terrorism

By Priya Dixit

The state and ‘terrorists’ in Nepal and Northern Ireland

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9176-6
  • Pages: 244
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: July 2015
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Terrorism, Society & social sciences / Social theory, Society & social sciences / Terrorism, armed struggle, Politics, Terrorism, armed struggle


This book compares the use of 'terrorism' by states in the Global North (Britain in Northern Ireland) and South (Nepal), examining particular events over time. As such, it questions conventional understandings that states cannot be 'terrorists' and that post '9/11' terrorism is new. It does so by outlining how states have used the label of 'terrorism' to establish a specific 'counterterrorist' identity for themselves and by indicating how similar strategies of representation were used by the British and Nepali states while labeling others as 'terrorist'. Because it draws on rhetorical analysis, discursive psychology and critical security studies to analyze the politics of labelling, it is expected this book will be useful to a wide range of readers from political science, International Relations, terrorism studies and also media, cultural and area studies.


1. Studying the state and terrorism in Nepal and Northern Ireland
2. The state in terrorism studies
3. Language of terrorism and the making of the state: a discourse analytical approach
4. Dangerous 'terrorists' to partners in peace: state/IRA relations in Northern Ireland
5. The state and Maoist 'terrorists' in Nepal
6. Establishing state authority: suspect communities and terroristization
7. The state and its (terrorist) others: some reflections for future research on states and 'terrorism'


Priya Dixit is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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