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


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Asquith, N 2004 , 'in terrorem: “with their tanks and their bombs, and their bombs and their guns, in your head”' , Journal of Sociology, vol. 40, no. 4 , pp. 400-416 , doi: 10.1177 /1440783304048383.

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Asquith, N
Keywords: antisemitism • hate speech • hate violence • heterosexism • in terrorem
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sociology
ISSN: 1741-2978
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177 /1440783304048383
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