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Timothy McVeigh
Sociological analysis of Oklahoma City Federal Building bomber. Examines his life & behavior from the perspective of sociological theory, incl anomie & alienation.
# 10706 | 1,800 words | 9 sources | 2001 | US
Published on May 14, 2003 in Psychology (Disorders) , Sociology (Welfare) , Criminology (General)


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"A Sociological Analysis of Oklahoma City:
Anomie and Alienation and Timothy McVeigh

The Oklahoma City terrorist bombing on April 19, 1995, represents a seminal event in recent American history; together with the earlier bombing of New York's World Trade Center, Oklahoma City demonstrated to Americans that as a people, we are not exempt from terrorist attacks. The purpose of this essay is to examine the activities and attitudes of Timothy McVeigh, the man found guilty of planning and executing the Oklahoma City attack, from the perspective of sociological theory. McVeigh's life and his behavior lend themselves to such an analysis, particularly with regard to the theory of anomie as described by, among others, Robert Merton (1957). McVeigh has been.."

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