A Social Network Analysis of Aum Shinrikyo: Understanding Terrorism in Australia
Koschade, Stuart A. (2005) A Social Network Analysis of Aum Shinrikyo: Understanding Terrorism in Australia. In Social Change in the 21st Century Conference, 28 October 2005, QUT Carseldine, Brisbane.
Social network analysis offers the ability to firstly map a covert cell, and to secondly measure the specific structural and interactional criteria of such a cell. The method also endows the analyst the ability to measure the level of covertness and efficiency of the cell as a whole, and also the level of activity, ability to access others, and the level of control over a network each individual possesses. The measurement of these criteria allows specific counter-terrorism applications to be drawn, and assists in the assessment of the most effective methods of disrupting and neutralising a terrorist cell. This article will attempt to contribute to and advance the growing literature on social network analysis and terrorism studies through a social network analysis of the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo cell that produced the toxic nerve gas Sarin in Western Australia between early 1993 and late 1994. Through this application, this article will endeavour to provide research into terrorism in Australia, more specifically, understanding and explaining the operations and elements of the modus operandi of terrorist groups in Australia, an area which has received critically little attention.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Aum Shinrikyo, social network analysis, terrorism, terrorism in Australia, Shoko Asahara|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2005 Stuart A. Koschade|
|Deposited On:||08 Feb 2006|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 12:30|
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