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Is There a Relationship Between Characteristics of the Locations of Terrorism Events and the Number of Fatalities that Result?

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dc.contributor.advisor Lum, Cynthia
dc.contributor.author Mansfield, Lauren E.
dc.creator Mansfield, Lauren E.
dc.date 2012-11-29
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-18T17:43:57Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en_US
dc.date.available 2013-02-18T17:43:57Z
dc.date.issued 2013-02-18
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/8019
dc.description.abstract This thesis analyzes the relationship between characteristics of the locations of terrorism events and the number of fatalities that result. Through the lenses of environmental criminology, routine activities theory, and opportunity theory, the characteristics of locations that suffered an attack are collected and examined against the number of fatalities in that attack using the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) Global Terrorism Database and major news outlets. Although limited in available data, this study cautiously finds a statistically significant relationship between fatalities and certain types of guardianship in an unexpected direction, time, and method of attack of the terrorist organization. These findings question the appropriateness of applying routine activities theory and environmental criminology to the study of terrorism.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject terrorism en_US
dc.subject environmental criminology en_US
dc.subject fatalities en_US
dc.subject location en_US
dc.subject routine activities theory en_US
dc.title Is There a Relationship Between Characteristics of the Locations of Terrorism Events and the Number of Fatalities that Result? en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Criminology, Law, and Society en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Criminology, Law and Society en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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