Review: Ronald Hitzler & Jo Reichertz (Eds.) (2003). Irritierte Ordnung. Die gesellschaftliche Verarbeitung von Terror [Irritated System. The Social Processing of Terror]

Martin Spetsmann-Kunkel


Terror destroys the social, symbolic and normative system of a society. Based on the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the articles in this anthology attempt to explain and depict the essence of terror and the possibilities available to a society to restore its order. Through various methods (quantitative content analysis, discourse analysis, participant observation, etc.) the contributions demonstrate how September 11th was interpreted publicly; for example, Matthias JUNGE, in his article, uses press reports from Germany explaining the terrorist attacks as basically an expression of immovable cultural differences; Michael SCHWAB-TRAPP illustrates the limits of a legitimate interpretation of 9/11 using discourse analysis.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503211


normative and symbolic system; terror; battle for recognition; social processing of terror; quantitative content analysis; discourse analysis; film documentation; method pluralism; world risk society


Copyright (c) 2005 Martin Spetsmann-Kunkel

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