Brecher B, Devenney M, Winter A (2010) Discourses and Practices of Terrorism. London: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415488082
This interdisciplinary book draws on Devenney’s published work in discourse theory, to analyse how the ‘discourse of terror’ reframes aspects of life in democratic societies, ranging from language to security and material reality.
Arising out of the 2007 conference on 'Interrogating terror' in the Centre for Applied Philopsphy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE), as part of the centre's annual intrenational conference series, this co-edited volume brings together a set of agreements and disagreements about 'terror'. The book encourages interdisciplinary argument and includes a rigorous critique of each chapter from one of the three editors and a response from the contributor concerned. In this way the volume exemplifies a commotment to and practice of dialogue sustained by CAPPE.
Devenney’s work on discourse theory provided the book’s methodological framing. Devenney wrote the introduction (with Professor Bob Brecher) setting out this approach, and critiques of chapters 7, 9 and 10. Devenney seeks out the fundamentalist core in the arguments presented, and pushes the authors to consider their own unquestioned commitments.