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Ross McGarry and Sandra Walklate

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529202595

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529202595.001.0001

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The War on Terrorism: Criminology’s ‘Third War’

The War on Terrorism: Criminology’s ‘Third War’

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(p.41) Three The War on Terrorism: Criminology’s ‘Third War’
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A Criminology of War?
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Ross McGarry

Sandra Walklate

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529202595.003.0003

In chapter three, The war on terrorism: criminology’s “third war”, we pose a central problematique. Within this chapter, we suggest that the seemingly “new” criminological study of war is a product of renewed interest to studying matters related to the “war on terrorism” in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre on 11th September 2001 (9/11). Although by no means a criticism of the work produced during this period, we provide examples which indicate that the aftermath of 9/11 brought with it fresh impetus to study attendant matters of “war” and “security” within criminology which (inadvertently) diverted attention from previous relevant sociological and criminological scholarship. The remaining chapters of this book set about attempting to redress some of this oversight within the discipline.

Keywords:   War on terrorism, War as metaphor, Crime/security nexus, War/crime nexus

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