Stories in action : the cultural influences of school shootings on the terrorist attacks in Norway
Title: Stories in action : the cultural influences of school shootings on the terrorist attacks in Norway
Citation: Critical studies on terrorism, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 277-296
Terrorism is a cultural bricolage and terrorists are inspired by a wide range of political ideologies and stories. In this study of the terrorist attacks that occurred in Norway in 2011, we reveal how the perpetrator was influenced not only by political rhetoric, but also by the cultural script of school shootings. Anders Behring Breivik was socially isolated and lived his life online. He targeted young people in educational contexts and tried to kill as many people as possible. Preparation was extensive, including cultural products distributed online, and notoriety was the primary objective. By revealing such similarities, we challenge widespread distinctions between types of harm.
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