Ideology, networks and political religion: structure and agency in Jemaah Islamiah's small world

Jones, David Martin and Smith, Michael L. R. (2012) Ideology, networks and political religion: structure and agency in Jemaah Islamiah's small world. Politics, Religion and Ideology, 13 4: 473-493. doi:10.1080/21567689.2012.725664


Author Jones, David Martin
Smith, Michael L. R.
Title Ideology, networks and political religion: structure and agency in Jemaah Islamiah's small world
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Ideology, networks and political religion: structure and agency in Jemaah Islamiah's small world
Journal name Politics, Religion and Ideology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2156-7697
2156-7689
1469-0764
Publication date 2012-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/21567689.2012.725664
Volume 13
Issue 4
Start page 473
End page 493
Total pages 21
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract It has become orthodoxy in terrorism studies that the survival or durability of the organization or network is central to the terrorist mission. From this perspective, its ideology or political religion is subordinated to the core purpose of the group, which is understood to be survival for its own sake. Through a case study that examines the evolution, development and degradation of the Southeast Asian jihadist organization Jemaah Islamiah, this paper tests such a hypothesis. It finds, in contrast to organizational and network theory, that the group mission is not particularly flexible and that the crucial explanatory variable that affecting both the recourse to violence and attempts to counter it, lies in the ideological agenda that the theory dismisses.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Non-State Armed Groups and the Dynamics of Community Support

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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