The biggest thing i have taken away from this sociology class is the realization that “terrorism” is more than just a small band of extremists committing atrocious acts. It actually extends beyond a nations borders, and is often embedded in domestic and foreign policy. This itself is terrorism, yet many view “terrorism” as simply the aforementioned atrocious acts.
Throughout this semester, we’ve approached many aspects of this word “terrorism” in an effort to debunk it; debunking is itself another key concept taught. What is debunking? It is simply to remove preconceived stereotypes or prejudices in order to properly learn and take into account the real, factual matters of the particular topic. In order to do this, many stereotypes needed to be removed and the start of the semester was just that focus — to debunk stereotypes and ideas that existed in our heads.
There are many ways terrorism is committed that goes beyond the usual violent acts. Some extremist groups do not support such violent acts, and instead participate to the fullest extent of their democratic rights. These extremist groups are the polar opposites of the violent groups, that view democracy as a failure and deeply flawed, thus nothing will be achieved by participating in such activities. This is merely a brief and quick summary of two extremes in many societies to highlight the “terrorism” in one group, but the other as “non-terroristic”, even though both are extremists in their views.
If i had not taken this course, i would definitely still have held on to many of my preconceived ideas of terrorism. I would not have imagined it being so global, and taking on a butterfly effect, where one place would deeply impact the other in ways many could not have imagined at the time. Essentially, many of my thoughts entering this course were debunked, and i’ve left with a deeper and better understanding on what terrorism, socialization and globalization means, and to be even more conscious of how easily people can be influenced by everyday news. Debunking will definitely be put to good use to sort out the false from the truth.