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Does Society Face One Terrorism, or Many Terrorisms? Social Movement Theory as a Foundation for the Typological Analysis of Terrorism

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The lack of a theoretical framework in the study of terrorism has long been recognized. This paper attempts to address this by applying Social Movement Theory to the question of why some groups which use are more successful than others. This aims to inform the development of a typology of terrorism, looking at generalizable features of groups which use terrorism strategically. This paper therefore presents the framework for the operationalisation of the typology through the application of empirical data, which represents the next step in this research project. Social Movement Theory has the advantage of addressing the micro, meso and macro levels of analysis, thus allowing a fuller investigation of the subject. Hence, the key features of the theory, namely political opportunity, framing, and mobilizing resources, will be deconstructed and used as indicators to inform typological development. This aims to identify key differences between groups that use terrorism, and their defining features, and will feed into a discussion on the potential for terrorism prevention. This paper therefore speaks to the critical relationship between theory and practice in the study of terrorism; bringing together theory, an organizing framework for empirical analysis and its practical application.

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Marsden, Sarah. "Does Society Face One Terrorism, or Many Terrorisms? Social Movement Theory as a Foundation for the Typological Analysis of Terrorism" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Theory vs. Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners, New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel, The Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA, Feb 17, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p415182_index.html>

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Marsden, S. V. , 2010-02-17 "Does Society Face One Terrorism, or Many Terrorisms? Social Movement Theory as a Foundation for the Typological Analysis of Terrorism" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Theory vs. Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners, New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel, The Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA Online <APPLICATION/X-MSDOWNLOAD>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p415182_index.html

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Abstract: The lack of a theoretical framework in the study of terrorism has long been recognized. This paper attempts to address this by applying Social Movement Theory to the question of why some groups which use are more successful than others. This aims to inform the development of a typology of terrorism, looking at generalizable features of groups which use terrorism strategically. This paper therefore presents the framework for the operationalisation of the typology through the application of empirical data, which represents the next step in this research project. Social Movement Theory has the advantage of addressing the micro, meso and macro levels of analysis, thus allowing a fuller investigation of the subject. Hence, the key features of the theory, namely political opportunity, framing, and mobilizing resources, will be deconstructed and used as indicators to inform typological development. This aims to identify key differences between groups that use terrorism, and their defining features, and will feed into a discussion on the potential for terrorism prevention. This paper therefore speaks to the critical relationship between theory and practice in the study of terrorism; bringing together theory, an organizing framework for empirical analysis and its practical application.


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