Terrorism is commonly defined as violence or threat of violence intended to coerce a government or its citizens. This construction of terrorism blinds analysts and security officials to the diversity of terrorist strategies. It puts one hypothesis about terrorist intent in the very definition of the phenomenon to be explained, and features only one emotional effect of terrorism.
McCauley, Clark. 2015. "Constructing Terrorism: From Fear and Coercion to Anger and Jujitsu Politics." Bryn Mawr. http://www.orfaleacenter.ucsb.edu/sites/secure.lsit.ucsb.edu.gisp.d7_orfalea-2/files/sitefiles/other/McCauley.pdf