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Durham University

Centre for Social Justice and Community Action

Everyday Terrorism: Domestic Violence and the Politics of Fear 2011-2012

PI: Professor Rachel Pain

Funder: The British Academy

This research project is a critical exploration of the role of fear in domestic violence and in state responses to international terrorism. It will review ideas around the political nature and treatment of fear, in order to develop theoretical understanding of the everyday politics of fear of domestic violence. Research to date in both fields suggests that the threat of violence creates an emotional reaction that allows the leverage of control by the state or a violent partner. However, fear is framed on this project as having liberatory as well as oppressive potential, which may lead to action and self-empowerment. The methodology has two stages: a comparative review of interdisciplinary literatures on the role of fear in domestic violence and in terrorism and state responses to terrorism, and repeat in-depth interviews with domestic violence survivors.

Project's Report Everday Terrorism