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A life-course analysis of engagement in violent extremist groups

Author:
  • Christoffer Carlsson
  • Amir Rostami
  • Hernan Mondani
  • Joakim Sturup
  • Jerzy Sarnecki
  • Christofer Edling
Publishing year: 2020
Language: English
Pages: 74-92
Publication/Series: British Journal of Criminology
Volume: 60
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract english

In this exploratory study, individuals’ processes of engagement in violent extremist groups are analysed by drawing from criminological life-course theory and narrative-based understandings of crime. Based on interviews with individuals who have participated in violent extremism, it is suggested that the process of engagement consists of three steps: (1) a weakening of informal social controls, followed by (2) an interaction with individuals in proximity to the group and (3) a stage of meaning-making in relation to the group and one’s identity, resulting in an individual’s willingness and capacity to engaging in the group’s activities, including violence. In future theorizing about processes of engagement in violent extremism, the meanings of age, and the life-course stages of late adolescence and emerging adulthood in particular, should be given analytic attention.

Keywords

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

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Published
  • ISSN: 1464-3529
Christofer Edling
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Background

I earned my PhD from Stockholm University in 1999. Between 2002 and 2005 I was Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University. I received my Docent-title in 2003, and was appointed Associate Professor at Stockholm University in 2004. From 2006 to 2008 I was Head of the Department of Sociology at Stockholm university. Before coming to Lund in 2012 I served as Full Professor of Sociology at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany. I have been a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2004/05) and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (2013).

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