SOC 2070 Lecture Notes - Lecture 25: Al-Qaeda, Radical Change, Aum Shinrikyo

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However there is an important difference terrorism involve strategic and deliberate violence against civilians. The intent is different than regular crime the desire to intimidate and violate mass populations most crime doesn"t do that. The public wants terrorism to be another classification. Defining terrorism: why a definition is important: What phenomena to include or exclude from an analysis. The terrorist label leads to specific forms of social control. Terrorist objectives: roughly 5 different objectives (tosini 2007) Nationalism: group struggling for liberation of territory or independence (less controversial and more complicated) E. g. , lebanese hezbollah or palestinian hamas vis- -vis israel. E. g. , al-qaeda struggle to rid muslim land of us and western influence. Revolution: bring about radical change in pre-existing regime. E. g. , islamic jihad in egypt (bring about isalamic state) Vigilantism: defend an established order through violence. E. g. , ku klux klan and neo-nazis in usa. E. g. , ulster and loyalist volunteer forces (opposed to catholic republicans in northern ireland late.

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