Gendered political violence

Guittet, Emmanuel-Pierre, Gendered political violence? Female militancy, conduct and representation under question, International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP), 20(2), 2018, pages 274-281

After a period of relative absence of work on the issue, the range and number of publications examining female involvement in militant organisations with a more critical eye has certainly increased since the 2000s. This increasing academic interest in women and terrorism is certainly consistent with a rise in public concern for the multiplicity of cases of female suicide bombers reported in the media. It is also consistent with the steady development of a welcome feminist alternative literature in International Relations since the 1990s. (read more)….

Risk-Soaked Security imaginary: Governing Effects and Political Implications,

Guittet, Emmanuel-Pierre, Risk-Soaked Security imaginary: Governing Effects and Political Implications, New Perspectives. Interdisciplinary Journal of Central & East European Politics and international Relations, 2017, 25(2), pages 28-34

Precautionary governmental process and the rising cultural prevalence of risk have indelibly transformed our understanding of past, present and future through categories of induction and probabilistic reasoning on the danger to come. The complex ways in which we have collectively become embedded in risk assessment technologies and generalised forms of suspicion towards unfamiliar persons, undesirable people, swarthy and menacing outsiders have reinforced social fragmentation, polarisation and exclusion. When besieged with emotional appeals, evocative imagery and threatening news, it is certainly not easy to disrupt this taken-for-granted assumption that violence and warfare are appropriate responses to violence. The question of whether these measures could contribute to increase the risk of escalation of violence and the risk of further exclusion of a population already disenfranchised seems almost forgotten. But, equally, it would be dangerous to reduce our understanding of the politics of security to an imperturbable drift towards pure authoritarian logics of action. (read more)

West German 1960s radical outlook

Guittet, Emmanuel-Pierre, West German Radical Protest in the long 1960s, Critical Studies on Terrorism, 2016, 9(1), pages 150-159

The question of whether and how the German student movement can be considered as a prequel to the Rote Armee Fraktion or the turn to direct action by some new Leftists be seen as a sequel to these same protests flares up periodically in German political and scholarly discussions. Clearly, in a time of celebration of the 50th anniversary of May68, the question of extreme violence is a crucial battleground in the fight to define the legacy of the 1960s (read more)