World Society on the Couch: Anti-Terror Consultancy as an Object and Test-Bed of Professional Sociology

HUMSEC Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 67-82.

16 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2011 Last revised: 1 Jun 2014

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Steffen Roth

La Rochelle Business School; University of Turku

Jens Aderhold

Department of Sociology, University of Halle-Wittenberg

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This paper is about the re-establishment of a professional, that is, a neutral perspective on terror; most research on terrorism is partisan in terms of biased culturalist studies on the ‘index patients’ of an international conflict. At the same time, there is very little research on the forms and functions of so called anti-terror measures which are commonly treated as acts of self- defence. In contrast to this, from a sociological point of view we find that it takes two to make the terror: an act of violence, and an act of labelling this violence as terror, too. Thus, we argue that Western societies should take full responsibility for their own perceptions, attributions, and actions within an international conflict system, instead of continuing to externalize these. Finally, we state that sociology has a demand for research on the applicability of the concepts of systemic therapy on the field of the intervention into stable inter-cultural conflict systems.

Keywords: Terrorism, Consulting, Consultancy, Profession, Security

JEL Classification: H56, K42

Suggested Citation

Roth, Steffen and Aderhold, Jens, World Society on the Couch: Anti-Terror Consultancy as an Object and Test-Bed of Professional Sociology (2008). HUMSEC Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 67-82.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1956486

Steffen Roth (Contact Author)

La Rochelle Business School ( email )

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University of Turku ( email )

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Turku, 20014
Finland

Jens Aderhold

Department of Sociology, University of Halle-Wittenberg ( email )

Halle
Germany

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