Terrorists on Trial

A Performative Perspective

Edited by Beatrice de Graaf and Alex P. Schmid

Terrorists on Trial

Edited by Beatrice de Graaf and Alex P. Schmid

Distributed for Leiden University Press

576 pages | 1 line drawing, 5 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $79.00 ISBN: 9789087282400 Published August 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Terrorists on Trial offers an unexpected—and productive—new perspective on terrorism trials, viewing them as a form of theater, in which the “show” that a trial offers can develop its own unexpected dynamics, aspects that occasionally inconvenience the prosecuting government and interfere with its aims. As a political construct, the crime of terrorism is an essentially contested act, and interpreting trials through this lens enables us to see their performative aspects more clearly than ever. With close analyses of trials in the United States, Spain, Russia, Germany, and the Netherlands, Terrorists on Trial breaks new ground for our understanding of a crucial contemporary problem.
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