Contextualizing radicalization : the emergence of the 'Sauerland-Group' from radical networks and the Salafist movement
Title: Contextualizing radicalization : the emergence of the 'Sauerland-Group' from radical networks and the Salafist movement
Author: MALTHANER, Stefan
Citation: Studies in conflict and terrorism, 2014, Vol. 37, No. 8, pp. 638-653
This article proposes an analytical perspective on jihadist radicalization that focuses on the immediate social environment from which clandestine violent groups emerge, to which they remain socially and symbolically connected, and from which they receive some degree of support. Based on a detailed analysis of the 'Sauerland- Group' it traces relational dynamics shaping individual pathways as well as processes of group formation within local Salafist milieus, the wider Salafist movement, and radical jihadist networks. It argues that one characteristic feature of 'homegrown' jihadist groups is their simultaneous connection to and embeddedness in various different social contexts as well as the fluid, ad-hoc character of the clandestine group and its ambivalent relation with its supportive social environment.
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