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NCJ Number: 122391 Find in a Library
Title: Deprivation and Political Violence in Northern Ireland, 1922-1985
Journal: Journal of Conflict Resolution  Volume:33  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1989)  Pages:676-699
Author(s): J L P Thompson
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 24
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper discusses terrorist movements under the rubric of social movements that generate collective violence.
Abstract: Deprivation theory is tested with multivariate time-series regression models, with controls for both security force levels and industrial production. It was found that although Northern Ireland suffers from high unemployment, increases in fatal violence are not related to rises in unemployment, and that violence has a tendency to perpetuate itself. It was also found that the conflict is not representative of clashes between State and insurgent forces in that most of the fatalities in it are not attributable to the security forces, and that further explanations should incorporate both political factors and the mechanisms that contribute to the escalation process. The paper explores several possibilities. 6 figures, 2 tables, 75 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Politically motivated violent crimes; Terrorism/Mass Violence
Index Term(s): Northern Ireland; Socially approved violence
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