ABSTRACT

Although “terrorism” has taken on new meanings within the context of post-9/11 events, its concept and scope continues to be a contested terrain. The Bush administration has generated ideological discourses that associate the term “terrorism” exclusively with anti-Western philosophies and practices. Yet terrorism is hardly particular to Islamic fundamentalists and is a complex process that characterizes a multiplicity of dimensions of local and global human relations. Terrorism does not exist in a vacuum. Indeed, in order to understand and discuss the realities of terrorism and/or terror war, a theoretical and practical, contextually mediated approach must be employed that engages terrorism within globalization and a range of social relations and forms. My argument is framed by a critical feminist perspective that includes analyses of individualized, local, and global dimensions of what I am calling “family terrorism.”