Anthropological perspectives of resistance terrorism : a cultural evolutionary approach
International terrorism has, to a large degree, been avoided by anthropologists. What has been done is primarily focused on state terrorism (oppressive regimes) or on such specific topics as symbolism (i.e., mural art) in resistance movements. This paper presents an evolutionary approach to the study of terrorism. Specifically the paper looks at resistance terrorism rather than state terrorism and does so proposing that social/political circumscription (Carneiro, 1970) is the primary cause for the occurrence of the phenomenon. Terminology used in the study of political evolution will be used in this study as comparative rather than descriptive. Such terms as band, tribe, chiefdom, and state will be used in comparing the various levels of social complexity arising in resistance terrorist groups. Other evolutionary concepts, such as the principle of competitive exclusion and resource concentration, will also be applied. The modem state of Israel will be given as the primary case study although other examples will be provided.
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Jones, David E.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
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Brown, Burton James, "Anthropological perspectives of resistance terrorism : a cultural evolutionary approach" (1994). HIM 1990-2015. 36.