## Complex Global Microstructures : The New Terrorist Societies

2005
Journal article
##### Published in
Theory, Culture & Society ; 22 (2005), 5. - pp. 213-234. - ISSN 0263-2764. - eISSN 1460-3616
##### Abstract
The new terrorism is a major exemplifying case for complexity theory for example, it exemplifies major disproportionalities between cause and effect, unpredictable outcomes, and self-organizing, emergent structures. It also illustrates, I argue in this article, the emergence of global microstructures: of forms of connectivity and coordination that combine global reach with microstructural mechanisms that instantiate self-organizing principles and patterns. Global systems based on microstructural principles do not exhibit institutional complexity but rather the asymmetries, unpredictabilities and playfulness of complex (and dispersed) interaction patterns. The analysis of complex global microstructures helps to collect and assess empirical evidence for the architecture of the global structural forms of a world society. It also suggests a theory of microglobalization the view that the texture of a global world becomes articulated through microstructural patterns that develop in the shadow of (but liberated from) national and local institutional patterns.
##### Subject (DDC)
300 Social Sciences, Sociology
##### Keywords
Al Qaeda,disproportionality effects,global microstructures,globalization
##### Cite This
ISO 690KNORR, Karin, 2005. Complex Global Microstructures : The New Terrorist Societies. In: Theory, Culture & Society. 22(5), pp. 213-234. ISSN 0263-2764. eISSN 1460-3616. Available under: doi: 10.1177/0263276405057200
BibTex
@article{Knorr2005Compl-11460,
year={2005},
doi={10.1177/0263276405057200},
title={Complex Global Microstructures : The New Terrorist Societies},
number={5},
volume={22},
issn={0263-2764},
journal={Theory, Culture & Society},
pages={213--234},
author={Knorr, Karin}
}

RDF
<rdf:RDF
xmlns:dcterms="http://purl.org/dc/terms/"
xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"
xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#"
xmlns:bibo="http://purl.org/ontology/bibo/"
xmlns:dspace="http://digital-repositories.org/ontologies/dspace/0.1.0#"
xmlns:foaf="http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/"
xmlns:void="http://rdfs.org/ns/void#"
xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#" >
<rdf:Description rdf:about="https://kops.uni-konstanz.de/server/rdf/resource/123456789/11460">
<dc:date rdf:datatype="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#dateTime">2011-03-25T09:34:08Z</dc:date>
<dc:creator>Knorr, Karin</dc:creator>
<dcterms:rights rdf:resource="https://rightsstatements.org/page/InC/1.0/"/>
<dc:format>application/pdf</dc:format>
<dc:rights>terms-of-use</dc:rights>
<dspace:isPartOfCollection rdf:resource="https://kops.uni-konstanz.de/server/rdf/resource/123456789/34"/>
<dcterms:bibliographicCitation>Theory, Culture and Society ; 22 (2005), 5. - pp. 213-234</dcterms:bibliographicCitation>
<dcterms:available rdf:datatype="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#dateTime">2011-03-25T09:34:08Z</dcterms:available>
<dcterms:isPartOf rdf:resource="https://kops.uni-konstanz.de/server/rdf/resource/123456789/34"/>
<bibo:uri rdf:resource="http://kops.uni-konstanz.de/handle/123456789/11460"/>
<dc:language>deu</dc:language>
<dcterms:title>Complex Global Microstructures : The New Terrorist Societies</dcterms:title>
<dcterms:issued>2005</dcterms:issued>
<dc:contributor>Knorr, Karin</dc:contributor>
<dspace:hasBitstream rdf:resource="https://kops.uni-konstanz.de/bitstream/123456789/11460/1/Complex_Global_Microstructures.pdf"/>
<dcterms:hasPart rdf:resource="https://kops.uni-konstanz.de/bitstream/123456789/11460/1/Complex_Global_Microstructures.pdf"/>
<foaf:homepage rdf:resource="http://localhost:8080/"/>
<dcterms:abstract xml:lang="eng">The new terrorism is a major exemplifying case for complexity theory   for example, it exemplifies major disproportionalities between cause and effect,   unpredictable outcomes, and self-organizing, emergent structures. It also illustrates, I argue in this article, the emergence of global microstructures: of  forms of connectivity and coordination that combine global reach with microstructural mechanisms that instantiate self-organizing principles and patterns. Global systems based on microstructural principles do not exhibit institutional  complexity but rather the asymmetries, unpredictabilities and playfulness of complex (and dispersed) interaction patterns. The analysis of complex global microstructures   helps to collect and assess empirical evidence for the architecture of the global structural forms of a world society. It also suggests a theory of microglobalization    the view that the texture of a global world becomes articulated through microstructural patterns that develop in the shadow of (but liberated from) national and local institutional patterns.</dcterms:abstract>
<void:sparqlEndpoint rdf:resource="http://localhost/fuseki/dspace/sparql"/>
</rdf:Description>
</rdf:RDF>

Yes