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Internet-Based Radicalization as Enculturation to Violent Deviant Subcultures

NCJ Number
Deviant Behavior Volume: 38 Issue: 8 Dated: 2017 Pages: 855-869
Thomas J. Holt; Joshua D. Freilich; Steven M. Chermak
Date Published
15 pages
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.
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)