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Group Characteristics of Militias

  • Paul Rexton Kan
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Abstract

This chapter covers the characteristics that make militia a unique type of violent non-state group. The differing relationships militias have with the state, the ways that militias recruit members, the areas where they operate, their organizational strength, community-militia relations, the scope and scale of paramilitary violence along with the effects militias have on state institutions and civil society are all ways that militia characteristics show that this type of armed group is dynamic and adaptive.

Keywords

State relations Community relations Recruitment Areas of operation Levels of violence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Rexton Kan
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  1. 1.National Security StudiesU.S. Army War CollegeCarlisleUSA

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