Leith Passmore’s contribution to the burgeoning field of studies on terrorism focuses on the construction of meaning through violence and the enactment of terrorism as a method of communication. In line with the developments in terrorism studies of the past decade, it examines the violent activities of the Red Army Faction (RAF) as a communicative engagement between terrorists, the media, the public and the state, conceptualizing terrorism as a performance and discursively constituted phenomenon consisting of performative deeds, words and images. Although the extensively researched field leaves few significantly new historical materials to be uncovered, Passmore’s analysis through the lens of performativity contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the discursive strategies deployed by Meinhof and RAF in the politically motivated struggle against the Federal Republic from 1970s.

Passmore acknowledges some...

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