Risk groups in exposure to terror: The case of Israel's citizens

Yariv Feniger, Ephraim Yuchtman-Yaar

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This research addresses a largely ignored question in the study of terror: who are its likely victims? An answer was sought through analysis of comprehensive data on civilian victims of terror in Israel from 1993 through 2003. The chances of being killed in seemingly random terror attacks were found unequally distributed in Israeli society, but the weaker sectors were not the most vulnerable. This pattern may be attributed to the perpetration of most terror attacks in public places, where members of underprivileged groups are less likely to be. Paradoxically, ethnic segregation, gender and other forms of social exclusion and inequality may have helped to protect marginalized social groups from the risk of terror victimization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1451-1462
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Forces
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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