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Terrorism in indirectly affected populations

Howie, Luke (2006) Terrorism in indirectly affected populations. In Social change in the 21st century conference 2006, 27 October 2006. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Terrorism continues to significantly affect people throughout the world. Research of perceptions of terrorism and the threat it poses has focused on cities where terrorism has taken place and such studies generally focus on psychological stress. A smaller domain of research has studied indirectly affected populations. This research is particularly important as very few cities in the world witness terrorism on its streets yet people everywhere feel the affects. Indeed, it is the nature of terrorism to have an impact on a target audience outside of the victims of terrorist violence. Cities in the same country where terrorists have struck are also potential targets and people in these cities experience many of the impacts. But what of people in cities geographically distant to terrorism? In a world where mass communication and transport continues to ‘shrink time and space’ the impact of terrorist violence is likely to be significant in distant locations. This is the case in Melbourne. In a city that lies 16614 kilometers from New York and 16762 kilometers from London this research has found that people experience an acute awareness of terrorism and the threat it poses. Interviews conducted on December 5, 2004 in a retail organisation in inner city Melbourne are presented. The outcomes are alarming and demonstrate the impact of terrorism far from the death and destruction.

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ID Code: 6300
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Terrorism, indirectly affected populations, perceptions, media
ISBN: 1741071291
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Luke Howie
Deposited On: 22 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:37

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