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Introducing the Targeted Mass Killing Data Set for the Study and Forecasting of Mass Atrocities

Butcher, Charles; Goldsmith, Benjamin; Nanlohy, Sascha; Sowmya, Arcot; Muchlinski, David

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This article describes a new data set for the study of genocide, politicide, and similar atrocities. Existing data sets have facilitated advances in understanding and policyrelevant applications such as forecasting but have been criticized for insufficient transparency, replicability, and for omitting failed or prevented attempts at genocide/ politicide. More general data sets of mass civilian killing do not typically enable users to isolate situations in which specific groups are deliberately...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorButcher, Charles
dc.contributor.authorGoldsmith, Benjamin
dc.contributor.authorNanlohy, Sascha
dc.contributor.authorSowmya, Arcot
dc.contributor.authorMuchlinski, David
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-11T01:54:34Z
dc.identifier.issn0022-0027
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/204946
dc.description.abstractThis article describes a new data set for the study of genocide, politicide, and similar atrocities. Existing data sets have facilitated advances in understanding and policyrelevant applications such as forecasting but have been criticized for insufficient transparency, replicability, and for omitting failed or prevented attempts at genocide/ politicide. More general data sets of mass civilian killing do not typically enable users to isolate situations in which specific groups are deliberately targeted. The Targeted Mass Killing (TMK) data set identifies 201 TMK episodes, 1946 to 2017, with annualized information on perpetrator intent, severity, targeted groups, and new ordinal and binary indicators of genocide/politicide that can serve as alternatives to existing measures. Users are also able to construct their own indicators based on their research questions or preferred definitions. The article discusses the concept and operationalization of TMK, provides comparisons with other data sets, and highlights some of the strengths and new capabilities of the TMK data.
dc.description.sponsorshipAustralian Research Council (Grant ID: DP160101122), University of Otago Research Grant (2015).
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.rights© 2020 The Author(s)
dc.sourceJournal of Conflict Resolution
dc.source.urihttps://doi.org/10.1177/0022002719896405
dc.subjectgenocide
dc.subjectmass atrocities
dc.subjectquantitative data
dc.subjectviolence against civilians
dc.titleIntroducing the Targeted Mass Killing Data Set for the Study and Forecasting of Mass Atrocities
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolumeOnline
dc.date.issued2020-01-07
local.identifier.absfor160603 - Comparative Government and Politics
local.identifier.absfor160607 - International Relations
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5786633xPUB2069
local.publisher.urlhttps://journals.sagepub.com/
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationButcher, Charles, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
local.contributor.affiliationGoldsmith, Benjamin, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationNanlohy, Sascha, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationSowmya, Arcot, University of New South Wales (UNSW)
local.contributor.affiliationMuchlinski, David, Georgia Institute of Technology
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160101122
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage24
local.identifier.doi10.1177/0022002719896405
local.identifier.absseo940203 - Political Systems
local.identifier.absseo940302 - International Aid and Development
dc.date.updated2020-07-05T08:18:54Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85077548169
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancehttp://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/9258..."Author accepted manuscript can be made open access on an institutional repository" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 11/6/20).
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