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From al-Zarqawi to al-Awlaki: The emergence and development of an online radical milieu

Conway, Maura (2012) From al-Zarqawi to al-Awlaki: The emergence and development of an online radical milieu. CTX: Combating Terrorism Exchange, 2 (4). pp. 12-22.

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Radical milieus have been described as specific social environ¬ments whose culture, narratives, and symbols shape both individuals and groups, and the social networks and relationships out of which those individuals and groups develop and emerge. Researcher Peter Waldmann and his co-authors attribute distinct and independent qualities to these environments, portraying them as social entities in their own right, that is, a collective of people sharing certain perspectives and a unitary identity: a “subculture” or a “community.” This does not mean that conflict is absent between any given radical milieu and the violent extremist or terrorist group(s) that emerges from within it. Milieus have their own interests that lead them not just to interact with, but oftentimes to criticise and sometimes even confront their violent offshoots. Perhaps most importantly, Waldmann’s conception of radical milieus appears not merely to have social relationships as a core characteristic, but necessitates, implicitly or explicitly, face-to-face interaction amongst the members of any given milieu.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:al-Awlaki; al-Zarqawi; Internet; milieu; radical; terrorism; violent jihad; Web 2.0
Subjects:Social Sciences > Globalization
Social Sciences > International relations
Social Sciences > Terrorism
Social Sciences > Communication
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Global ECCO
Official URL:https://globalecco.org/journal
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17596
Deposited On:19 Nov 2012 11:11 by Maura Conway. Last Modified 20 Nov 2012 11:11

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