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Ekoterorizam: socijalna konstrukcija ili prava prijetnja


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Petermanec, Željka. (2016). Ekoterorizam: socijalna konstrukcija ili prava prijetnja. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Sociology. [mentor Bilandžić, Mirko].

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This paper investigates the notion of eco-terrorism, and the question of whether it constitutes a real threat to the population or is just a social construct, created to discredit activists who promote different values and different lifestyles of prevailing. Included is the analysis of the state of society after the terrorist attack 9/11/2001 to determine how the discourse of fear became the dominant discourse and had an affect on the construction of social problems as terrorist threats and its impact on the reduction of civil liberties in the United States. A Case Study of the most radical environmental and animalistic groups offered an insight into the gradual radicalization of the movement, as well as in their methods and activists profile. The analysis of the impact and role of media and amendments to the law showed that after the 2001 ecoterrorism was presented as a terrorist threat, although the number of acts did not significantly increased, as the principle of not harming people during the action also didn`t change. The media and government agencies began to connect the term with classic terrorism (such as terrorism of Al Qaeda) and eco-terrorists are presented exclusively in a negative light and without aspirations for deeper discussion. Results obtained from Global Terrorism Database and secondary literature shows that only a small number of ecoterrorist acts can be considered terrorism, from which we conclude that the term eco-terrorism is unjustified and does not pose a real threat to the population.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: terrorism, eco-terrorism, social construction, discourse of fear, ecotage, ALF, ELF, media
Subjects: Sociology
Departments: Department of Sociology
Supervisor: Bilandžić, Mirko
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 10:13
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 10:13

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