Accession Number : ADA305891

Title :   Microviolence at Sea, 1975-1995: A Data Analysis.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Lumpkin, Michael D.

PDF Url : ADA305891

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 90

Abstract : The traditional definitional constraints of terrorism have resulted in the failure to effectively categorize all political acts of violence in the maritime environment. This thesis offers the more practical and useful paradigm of 'Microvolence' for viewing this phenomenon. The intent of developing this paradigm was to create a framework which permits the creation of a data-based investigation of all recorded incidents of illegitimate political violence in the maritime environment. The database itself is focused on the period from 1975 to 1995 and was designed to permit rigorous statistical analysis. The database includes 374 reported cases of microviolence and each were dissected into 98 separate variables to permit a comprehensive quantitative and statistical picture of the trends and characteristics of microviolence for the past 20 years to be developed. The ultimate goal has been to create a comprehensive tool to determine and analyze the characteristics of illegitimate political violent incidents and its perpetrators.

Descriptors :   *DATA BASES, *STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, *OCEAN ENVIRONMENTS, *TERRORISM, DATA PROCESSING, SHIPS, QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, THESES, VARIABLES, PATTERNS.

Subject Categories : Statistics and Probability
      Computer Systems
      Marine Engineering
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE