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Cyber ThreatsThe Emerging Fault Lines of the Nation State$
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Susan W Brenner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385014

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385014.001.0001

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Order & Disorder: Crime, War, and Terrorism

Order & Disorder: Crime, War, and Terrorism

(p.13) Chapter 2 Order & Disorder: Crime, War, and Terrorism
Cyber Threats

Susan W. Brenner

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the rules modern human social systems devise to maintain system order are, almost exclusively, territorially based. That is, each system, or society, is situated in a territorially circumscribed space to which it lays claim by the tenets of some applicable law, by the force of weapons, and/or by whatever other standard applies. This is a trait human social systems share with the systems established by other biological species, but, the modern nation-state has taken the systemic focus on territory to a new level.

Keywords:   human social systems, territoriality, nation-state, external order, internal order, crime control

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