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The Resource Ulrike Meinhof and West German terrorism : language, violence, and identity, Sarah Colvin

Ulrike Meinhof and West German terrorism : language, violence, and identity, Sarah Colvin

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Ulrike Meinhof and West German terrorism : language, violence, and identity
Title
Ulrike Meinhof and West German terrorism
Title remainder
language, violence, and identity
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Colvin
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Author
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
In 1970 Ulrike Meinhof abandoned a career as a political journalist to join the Red Army Faction; captured as a terrorist along with other members of the group in 1972, she died an unexplained death in a high-security prison in 1976. A charismatic spokesperson for the RAF, she has often come near to being idealized as a freedom fighter, despite her use of extreme violence. In an effort to understand how terrorism takes root, Sarah Colvin seeks a dispassionate view of Meinhof and a period when West Germany was declaring its own "war on terror." Ulrike Meinhof always remained a writer, and this book focuses on the role of language in her development and that of the RAF: how Meinhof came to justify violence to the point of murder, creating an identity for the RAF as resistance fighters in an imagined state of war that was reinforced by the state's adoption of what Andreas Musolff has called 'war terminology.' But its all-powerful identity as a fighting group eroded the RAF's empathy with other human beings - even those it once claimed to be 'fighting for.' It became a closed unit, self-justifying and immobilized by its own conviction that everything it did must be right. This is the first specialized study of Meinhof and the RAF in English - which is remarkable given the current interest in the topic in both Europe and the U.S. Sarah Colvin is Professor and Eudo C. Mason Chair of the German Department at the University of Edinburgh, UK
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UkCbUP
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Colvin, Sarah
Dewey number
363.325092
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6433.G3
LC item number
C65 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture
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  • Meinhof, Ulrike Marie
  • Terrorism
  • Women terrorists
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Ulrike Meinhof and West German terrorism : language, violence, and identity, Sarah Colvin
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Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 12 Apr 2018)
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : terrorists, language, and the state -- 1. Fighting talk (1959-69) : from peace movement to the revolutionary legitimacy of violence -- 2. The personal is political (1966-70) : from feminism to a language for the revolution -- 3. The shrinking circle (1970-72) : from die rote armee aufbauen to the May bombings -- 4. Drawing a line between the enemy and ourselves : the language trap -- 5. Violence as identity : prison writing, 1972-76 -- 6. Violence as a woman's identity? : Terrorism and gender -- Conclusion : From warrior revolutionaries to logical fallacies : language, violence, and identity
Control code
CR9781571137517
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 265 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781571137517
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Ulrike Meinhof and West German terrorism : language, violence, and identity, Sarah Colvin
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 12 Apr 2018)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : terrorists, language, and the state -- 1. Fighting talk (1959-69) : from peace movement to the revolutionary legitimacy of violence -- 2. The personal is political (1966-70) : from feminism to a language for the revolution -- 3. The shrinking circle (1970-72) : from die rote armee aufbauen to the May bombings -- 4. Drawing a line between the enemy and ourselves : the language trap -- 5. Violence as identity : prison writing, 1972-76 -- 6. Violence as a woman's identity? : Terrorism and gender -- Conclusion : From warrior revolutionaries to logical fallacies : language, violence, and identity
Control code
CR9781571137517
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 265 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781571137517
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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