To Call or Not to Call It Terrorism : Public Debate on Ideologically-motivated Acts of Violence in Finland, 1991–2015

Show full item record



Permalink

http://hdl.handle.net/10138/245190

Citation

Malkki , L & Sallamaa , D O 2018 , ' To Call or Not to Call It Terrorism : Public Debate on Ideologically-motivated Acts of Violence in Finland, 1991–2015 ' , Terrorism and Political Violence , vol. 30 , no. 5 , pp. 862-881 . https://doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2018.1447191

Title: To Call or Not to Call It Terrorism : Public Debate on Ideologically-motivated Acts of Violence in Finland, 1991–2015
Author: Malkki, Leena; Sallamaa, Daniel Olavi
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki, Research Units of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Date: 2018-06-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: Terrorism and Political Violence
ISSN: 0954-6553
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/245190
Abstract: This article looks at how domestic acts of ideologically-motivated violence have been treated in Finnish public discussion with a particular focus on how the word “terrorism” has and has not been used to characterize such incidents. The work demonstrates that Finnish public debate has, with certain notable exceptions, primarily avoided labelling any violent attacks in the country as terrorism. This reluctance stems from Finnish traditions of crisis management, counterterrorism, and politics. Furthermore, the propensity to use the term “terrorism” cannot be explained by such characteristics of the attack itself as the number of casualties or whether it was perpetrated by ingroup or outgroup members. Rather than “what has happened,” the question of calling or not calling an act terrorism comes down to the question of “what needs to be done.” The article contributes to academic debate by investigating a surprisingly under-researched aspect of how the term terrorism is used in public discussion while also shedding new light on the debate in Finland, a country seldom touched upon by research of terrorism and political violence.
Subject: 615 History and Archaeology
5201 Political History
5200 Other social sciences
517 Political science
Rights:


Files in this item

Total number of downloads: Loading...

Files Size Format View
To_Call_or_Not_ ... e_in_Finland_1991_2015.pdf 1.614Mb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record