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Disciplining an Unruly Field: Terrorism Experts and Theories of Scientific/Intellectual Production
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Qualitative Sociology, Vol. 34

December 2010

“Terrorism” has proved to be a highly problematic object of expertise. Terrorism
studies fails to conform to the most common sociological notions of what a field of
intellectual production ought to look like, and has been described by participants and
observers alike as a failure. Yet the study of terrorism is a booming field, whether measured
in terms of funding, publications, or numbers of aspiring experts. This paper aims to
explain, first, the disjuncture between terrorism studies in practice and the sociological

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