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Six Theses on Targeted Killing

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Kyle Grayson


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This article presents six theses on targeted killing as a form of political violence. These explore the power relations, lawfare, scopic regimes, forms of spatial management and symbolic communications which suggest that the practice of targeted killing arises from the failures of the Western global counter-insurgency campaign to achieve its aims. Therefore, rather than demonstrating omniscience and omnipotence, targeted killing is indicative of the Western position of weakness in the wars of ‘the colonial present’.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Grayson K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Politics

Year: 2012

Volume: 32

Issue: 2

Pages: 120-128

Print publication date: 04/05/2012

ISSN (print): 0263-3957

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9256

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9256.2012.01434.x


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