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dc.contributor.advisorEverton, Sean
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, David M.
dc.contributor.authorStruve, Kristopher W.
dc.dateDec-12
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-15T23:14:03Z
dc.date.available2013-02-15T23:14:03Z
dc.date.issued2012-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/27912
dc.description.abstractThe research for this study has aimed at determining whether New Religious Movements (NRM) shared certain attributes (i.e., characteristics) that might help determine their propensity for violence. The goal was a model that a government or civil authority could use to compare a budding religious movement to determine whether it might become violent. This study only included post-World War II NRMs to limit the scope of research, and religious sects were excluded. A review of relevant literature in the study of NRMs and religious violence highlighted ten attributes that seemed to be prevalent in violent NRMs dramatic denouements, strict rule of law/high commitment, supernaturalism, new religion/teachings, isolationism, apocalyptic teachings, charismatic leader, absolute authority, group fragility, and repression. These ten attributes were used to grade all of the NRMs and the results were analyzed using Social Network Analysis (SNA) techniques for similarity. The results showed that violent NRMs clustered together meaning that they were more closely associated with certain attributes. The attribute scores for dramatic denouements, strict rule of law, apocalyptic teachings, and isolationism were substantially more associated with violent NRMs than with nonviolent NRMs.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/triggersofviolen1094527912
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.titleTriggers of violence in new religious movementsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderGregg, Heather
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorCulten_US
dc.subject.authorNew Religious Movementen_US
dc.subject.authorSocial Network Analysisen_US
dc.subject.authorORAen_US
dc.subject.authorUCINETen_US
dc.subject.authorViolenceen_US
dc.subject.authorSimilarity Correlationen_US
dc.subject.authorAum Shinrikyoen_US
dc.subject.authorBranch Davidiansen_US
dc.subject.authorPeoples Templeen_US
dc.subject.authorScientologyen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Air Forceen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Colonel, United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science In Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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