Terrorism and the City

Sociology
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Describe the sociological theory that best explains terrorism in America.

May 19th, 2015

The social movement theory

Social movement theory is a concept developed since the 1960s. It is based on the idea of individuals forming networks8 and focuses on the reasons for the creation of these networks as well as on the means of mobilization of previously uninvolved individuals.9

A social movement is according to Diani "a network of informal interactions between a plurality of individuals, groups and/or organizations, engaged in a political or cultural conflict, on the basis of a shared collective identity"10. This identity creates solidarity and makes the network internally homogeneous while functioning as a distinctive characteristic towards out-groups.


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