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Andrew Balmer and Anne Murcott

’s first paragraph in an essay on terrorism: Terrorism is a fundamental contemporary issue that ‘exploded’ onto the scene following the 9/11 attacks (Fortna, 2011). Since then it has become the subject of intricate analysis determining what causes certain groups to turn to violent tactics. Terrorism is a highly complex phenomenon and previous literature has found little consensus as to what constitutes terrorism (Smelser, 2007; Della Porta, 2008; Gibbs, 1989; Crenshaw 2005; Fortna 2011; Goodwin 2006; Edwards; 2013). As a consequence of its ambiguity I

in The craft of writing in sociology