Gendered and Racialized Terrorism

This chapter takes a poststructuralist approach to help understand how terrorism is a subjective term dependent upon the power structures of gender and race. The first part of the chapter draws out how the very understanding of what terrorism is is dependent upon gendered and racialised assumptions. It uses the Feminist theory of intersectionality, which looks at how oppressions, such as race and gender, intersect to cause harm. The second part of the chapter shifts focus and looks at the rise of Incel violence, and who those associated with the Incel ‘revolution’ rely upon the intersecting biases of gender and race to justify their violence.
Written by Caron Gentry, taken from Contemporary Terrorism Studies 1e, edited by Tim Wilson and Diego Muro.