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“Extension du domaine de la lutte”: International Migration and Security before and after September 11, 2001

“Extension du domaine de la lutte”: International Migration and Security before and after... “Extension du domuine de la lutte”: Internutionul Migration und Security before and ufier September 11,2001 Thomas Faist University of Applied Sciences Bremen If one searches for a short description of what happened on September 11, 200 1, the title of the novel Extension du domaine de la luttel by French writer Michel Houellebecq comes to mind. The novel “extension of the combat zone” is not primarily about military hostilities. Rather, the fictitious people created by Houellebecq engage in destroying each other’s livelihoods. Applied to September 1 I, this includes the spread of mass fear - in short, terrorism as a method. Terrorism is a difficult term, fraught with many ambiguities and often not used in historically specific ways. It is itself part of a semantic war. For example, in the 1970s the United States spoke of Moscow as the source of terrorism; in 2001 the networks of AL Quhida around Osama bin Laden have become the center of attention. Undoubtedly, what is now called Sep- tember 11 came as a shock to all of us. It was a unique instance of violence, different from acts grounded in organizations with clear political goals such as ethno-nationalist movements which are usually http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Migration Review SAGE

“Extension du domaine de la lutte”: International Migration and Security before and after September 11, 2001

International Migration Review , Volume 36 (1): 8 – Mar 1, 2002

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SAGE
Copyright
© 2002 Center for Migration Studies
ISSN
0197-9183
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1747-7379
DOI
10.1111/j.1747-7379.2002.tb00065.x
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“Extension du domuine de la lutte”: Internutionul Migration und Security before and ufier September 11,2001 Thomas Faist University of Applied Sciences Bremen If one searches for a short description of what happened on September 11, 200 1, the title of the novel Extension du domaine de la luttel by French writer Michel Houellebecq comes to mind. The novel “extension of the combat zone” is not primarily about military hostilities. Rather, the fictitious people created by Houellebecq engage in destroying each other’s livelihoods. Applied to September 1 I, this includes the spread of mass fear - in short, terrorism as a method. Terrorism is a difficult term, fraught with many ambiguities and often not used in historically specific ways. It is itself part of a semantic war. For example, in the 1970s the United States spoke of Moscow as the source of terrorism; in 2001 the networks of AL Quhida around Osama bin Laden have become the center of attention. Undoubtedly, what is now called Sep- tember 11 came as a shock to all of us. It was a unique instance of violence, different from acts grounded in organizations with clear political goals such as ethno-nationalist movements which are usually

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International Migration ReviewSAGE

Published: Mar 1, 2002

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