Epistemological failures: everyday terrorism in the west

Caron Eileen Gentry

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This article attempts to problematize the disparate level of attention paid to similar violences globally, whereby violence against women in the developing world is seen as a security concern to the West and yet violence against women in the West is minimized or ignored. It will do this first by demonstrating that everyday violences, better known as everyday terrorism, in the West are subjugated knowledges within Terrorism Studies. To demonstrate this, Half the Sky, Sex and World Peace, and The Better Angels of Our Nature serve as exemplar texts that reflect Western exceptionalism and non-Western savagery, particularly within Muslim societies, and deflect from everyday terrorism within the West. This reifies the West as an exceptional savior and the non-West as a problematic savage. This piece looks to flip that reification on its head by recognizing that everyday terrorism happens everywhere and is not bound to non-Western identities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
VolumeIn press
Early online date29 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Everyday terrorism
  • Everyday violence
  • Subjugated knowledge
  • Discourse


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