Developing an explanatory model for the process of online radicalisation and terrorism

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Security Informatics, ISSN: 2190-8532, Vol: 2, Issue: 1, Page: 6

Publication Year:
2013
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Repository URL:
https://ro.ecu.edu.au/ecuworks2013/944
DOI:
10.1186/2190-8532-2-6
Author(s):
Torok, Robyn
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Springer Nature; Springer
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[RstdPub]; Foucault; Psychiatric power; Online radicalization; Power relations; Normalization; Terrorism; Computer Sciences; Sociology
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While the use of the internet and social media as a tool for extremists and terrorists has been well documented, understanding the mechanisms at work has been much more elusive. This paper begins with a grounded theory approach guided by a new theoretical approach to power that utilizes both terrorism cases and extremist social media groups to develop an explanatory model of radicalization. Preliminary hypotheses are developed, explored and refined in order to develop a comprehensive model which is then presented. This model utilizes and applies concepts from social theorist Michel Foucault, including the use of discourse and networked power relations in order to normalize and modify thoughts and behaviors. The internet is conceptualized as a type of institution in which this framework of power operates and seeks to recruit and radicalize. Overall, findings suggest that the explanatory model presented is a well suited, yet still incomplete in explaining the process of online radicalization.