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NCJ Number: 62727 Find in a Library
Title: DEFINITIONAL FOCUS (FROM TERRORISM - INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES, 1977, BY YONAH ALEXANDER AND SEYMOUR MAXWELL FINGER - SEE NCJ-44307)
Author(s): J J PAUST
Corporate Author: John Jay Press
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: John Jay Press
New York, NY 10019
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE NEED FOR A DEFINITIONAL APPROACH TO COMPONENTS OF TERRORISM, INCLUDING TERRORIST OUTCOMES, VICTIMS, TARGETS, VIOLENCE, AND POLITICAL PURPOSES, IS STRESSED.
Abstract: COMPREHENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF THESE TERRORISM ELEMENTS IS ESSENTIAL: TYPES OF PARTICIPANTS WHO ENGAGE IN TERRORISM AS PRECIPITATORS, INSTRUMENTAL TARGETS, PRIMARY TARGETS, AND SPILLOVER VICTIMS; OBJECTIVES OF PARTICIPANTS AND OTHER RELEVANT SUBJECTIVE ASPECTS (IDENTIFICATIONS, DEMANDS, AND EXPECTATIONS); SITUATIONS OF INTERACTION; TYPES OF RESOURCES AT THE DISPOSAL OF PARTICIPANTS; PARTICULAR TERRORIST TACTICS OR STRATEGIES; OUTCOMES OF TERRORISM; AND EFFECTS OF TERRORISM ON LEGAL POLICIES. TERRORISM IS PERMISSIBLE OR IMPERMISSIBLE, DEPENDING ON FEATURES OF CONTEXT AND WHETHER IT SERVES OR THWARTS LEGAL POLICIES AT STAKE IN ANY GIVEN INTERACTION. CONSEQUENTLY, DIFFERENT DEFINITIONAL NEEDS ARE INVOLVED IN THE INTELLECTUAL TASKS OF DESCRIBING TERRORISM AND MAKING DECISIONS CONCERNING ITS PERMISSIBLENESS. A CLEAR SEPARATION OF TERRORISM AND GUERRILLA ACTIVITIES IS NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE OR DESIRABLE. HOWEVER, TERRORISM CAN BE DEFINED AS THE INTENTIONAL USE OF VIOLENCE OR THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE BY PRECIPITATORS AGAINST INSTRUMENTAL TARGETS. ATTEMPTS TO DELINEATE THE SCOPE OF TERRORISM BY REGULATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND FOREIGN COUNTRIES ARE REVIEWED. NOTES ARE INCLUDED. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Political influences; Political offenders; Regulations; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Terrorism/Mass Violence; United States of America; Victims of terrorism; Violence
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