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Inside InsurgencyViolence, Civilians, and Revolutionary Group Behavior$
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Claire Metelits

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814795774

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814795774.001.0001

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Rivals and the Logic of Insurgent Violence

Rivals and the Logic of Insurgent Violence

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Inside Insurgency

Claire Metelits

NYU Press

This chapter discusses some of the competing interpretations of insurgent violence toward civilians. Several contemporary scholars and analysts link insurgent violence to the unique types of conflicts being fought today. Others link control over geographical space and the notion of insurgent control to these actors' behavior. Still others, responding to resource-driven conflict studies, link resources to types of recruits. However, the problem with these various assemblies that attempt to explain insurgent violence is that they do not address the issue of changing behavior. This issue is important because, once the question of behavioral change is addressed, the role of resources, territory, and other unanswered questions can be resolved.

Keywords:   insurgent violence, geographical space, insurgent control, resource-driven conflict, changing behavior

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