“They want us to be Afraid”: Developing a Metric for the Fear of Terrorism

By Anne Aly and Mark Balnaves.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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There is a range of scales to measure different psychological and behavioural responses to fear in the research literature. However, there is no summative measure for community fear. In this paper the authors report on a major national survey of Australian Muslims and the broader community that creates a metric, or barometer, to measure fear among communities in Australia after 9/11. The paper will also report on major qualitative research investigating community responses to the media and political discourses on terrorism and fear. These quantitative and qualitative data provide a picture Australian Muslim communities under siege. The findings reported in the paper are a part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) project on the responses of Muslim communities to media reporting on terror.

Keywords: Measures of Fear, Australian Moslem and non-Moslem Responses to Media Reporting of Terror, Agenda Setting

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.113-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 990.211KB).

Anne Aly

Phd Candidate, Faculty of Communication, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Anne Aly is a PHD scholarship candidate at Edith Cowan University. Her PhD looks at the fear of terrorism among Muslim communities and the broader communities and is part of a wider project funded by the Australian Research Council to create a Metric of Fear. Anne also works as a Senior Policy Officer at the Office of ulticultural Interests and is Secretary of Dar Al Shifah Islamic community organisation. She has published works on the discourse on terrorism, Australian Muslims and secularism, countering terrorism and the fear of terrorism and has presented papers at conferences on communication and the media, counter terrorism and security and the popular construction of Muslim minorities.

Professor Mark Balnaves

Professor, School of Communications and Contemporary Arts, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Mark Balnaves is recognised internationally for his global mapping of media and information content and services. He is a co-author of the Penguin Atlas of Media and Information and author of a range of books on the theory of audiences or audience research. He is also an expert in quantitative and qualitative research methodology and published the Sage Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods.

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