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Understanding the Sociostructural Correlates of Terrorism in Turkey

NCJ Number
International Criminal Justice Review Volume: 21 Issue: 2 Dated: June 2011 Pages: 134-155
Kadir Akyuz; Todd Armstrong
Date Published
June 2011
22 pages
This study used Social disorganization theory to frame a test of the sociostructural correlates of terrorism.
Social disorganization theory was used to frame a test of the sociostructural correlates of terrorism across 81 provinces in Turkey. Zero-inflated negative binomial regression (ZINB) models were used to estimate the relationship between terrorism and poverty, residential mobility, and ethnic heterogeneity. Initial regression models found that measures of poverty and residential mobility were predictive of terrorism. Subsequent models found ethnic heterogeneity was predictive of terrorism, while controlling for the influence of poverty and residential mobility.