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Terrorism, Geography of

  • By: Samuel Nunn
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The geography of terrorism refers to the spatial and locational characteristics of terrorist incidents, including the global and regional patterns of terrorism, the physical places where attacks occur, the location and activities of the human victims of attacks, the spatial and operational characteristics of attack locations, the types of land use commonly subject to terrorist attacks, the ways in which terrorist actors intersect in time and space with the intended victims, and, most generally, the extent to which the characteristics of places and the human activities occurring there interact with political, ethnic, racial, social, religious, or other ideological motivations and attack methods to produce terrorism.

The geography of terrorism is complex and multidimensional. It includes a political geography of the nation-states involved in the sociospatial control ...

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