Fear, anxiety and the state of terror.
Education and Arts, Computer and Security Science
Communication & Arts, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
Australian Research Council
ARC Number : DP0559707
There is no internationally accepted, unitary definition of terrorism. A brief review of the literature reveals over 100 definitions.1 The League of Nations defines terrorism as “criminal acts directed against a state [. . .] intended or calculated to create a state of terror in the minds of particular persons, group of persons or general public.” In the United States it is defined variously as the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce in furtherance of political or social objectives. The United Kingdom defines it as “the use of violence for political ends and includes any use of violence for the purpose of putting the public or any section of the public in fear.” In Australia, terrorism is defined by the Australian Defence Force as the “use or threatened use of violence for political ends or for the purpose of putting the public or any section of the public in fear.”