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Internet-Based Radicalization as Enculturation to Violent Deviant Subcultures

NCJ Number
252235
Author(s)
Thomas J. Holt, Joshua D. Freilich, Steven M. Chermak
Date Published
January 2017
Length
15 pages
Annotation
This study examined the intersections of subcultural theories and radicalization theories from terrorism studies in an effort to determine how they may be improved through integration.
Abstract
To date, there have been almost no efforts to merge these frameworks, even though terrorism shares common characteristics of deviant subcultures. Both are driven by ideologies that oppose their targets. The current study focuses on the process of online radicalization to assess how subcultural research in online environments may inform the process of enculturation into a terrorist belief system. The article concludes with a discussion of the implications of this expansion for research on terrorism and subcultures. (Publisher abstract modified)
Date Published: January 1, 2017