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Terrorist Organizations and Criminal Street Gangs: An Argument for an Analogy   [open pdf - 112KB]

"To address the absence of data as we move forward with efforts to model terrorist groups and activities, we have turned to the literature on criminal street gangs as an analog. Street gangs have been studied for years by the behavioral and social science communities. There is much empirical data available. Furthermore, the violence of the battles between gangs such as the Crips and the Bloods in Los Angeles, for example, combined with the lessons learned from much of the empirically based research, has led to successful trust-building campaigns and significant reductions in violent behavior. This essay is an exploration of the validity of the analogy between street gangs and terrorists. We explore the theoretical approaches that have emerged from the data on gangs, and note similarities to work done in the field of terrorism which has been developing theories based on little empirical data. We conclude with a short position statement, stating our belief in the validity of the analogy and describing a theoretical approach for our work."

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2002-11-21
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