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Speculative SecurityThe Politics of Pursuing Terrorist Monies$
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Marieke de Goede

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675890

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675890.001.0001

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Mediating Terrorist Money

Mediating Terrorist Money

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(p.1) 1 Mediating Terrorist Money
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Speculative Security
Author(s):

Marieke de Goede

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816675890.003.0001

This chapter examines how terrorist finance has become represented across different media, traveling from think-tank reports and Web logs to popular culture, to news reporting and policy papers, to court indictments, and back. This intermediality has been crucial to fostering a broad cultural space in which terrorism financing is perceived as an urgent security problem as well as to recycling persistent myths and narratives about terrorist financing for which sometimes there is little concrete evidence. It argues that “terrorism financing” is a performative, understood as a discursive and contestable rendering of a diversity of complex social and political phenomena into one recognizable, urgent political problem. Not all global money flows are thought to be equally threatening, but particular spaces of financial deviance are constituted in this literature, including the monetary flows of migrants’ remittances and Muslim charitable aid.

Keywords:   terrorist finance, terrorism financing, national security, money flows, migrants, remittance, Muslim charitable aid

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