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Against state terror: lessons on memory, counterterrorism and resistance from the Global South

Furtado, Henrique Tavares



© 2015, © 2015 Taylor & Francis. Critical theory avows that “where there is power there is always resistance”. However, the practical implications and consequences of particular modes of resistance remain, within World Politics, under-theorised. In critical terrorism studies (CTS), this critical imperative to resist has recently emerged in the proposal to remember state terrorism. With this move, CTS aims to disturb the legitimacy of forms of violence/terror that emerge from the state. In this article, I argue that such an agenda of “resistance through memory” has already been put forth in the Global South (specifically, Latin America). Drawing on this historical experience, I elucidate some problems with the critical imperative to resist. More specifically, I show how in Brazil the Global South counter-memorial narratives of state terror share a common ground with the Global North counterterrorism discourses. I do so by analysing three underlying tropes of Brazilian remembrance that replicate Global North representations of terrorists: bestialism, pathology and dehumanisation.


Furtado, H. T. (2015). Against state terror: lessons on memory, counterterrorism and resistance from the Global South. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 8(1), 72-89.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 15, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jul 28, 2017
Journal Critical Studies on Terrorism
Print ISSN 1753-9153
Electronic ISSN 1753-9161
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 1
Pages 72-89
Keywords resistance, truth and reconciliation, Brazil, terrorism and political violence, critical terrorism studies, politics of memory
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