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Sydney Ideas - Radicalisation

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A Sydney Ideas co-presented with the School of Social and Political Sciences, in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, the University of Sydney

Home-grown terrorism is among the most urgent challenges confronting western societies today. Attempts to understand jihadism often treat this development as a form of political violence, a form of religious extremism, or the result of the manipulation and grooming of vulnerable people. But once we start to explore actual experiences of radicalisation we discover a great diversity of experiences, as well as the fact that radicalisation is not something done to people, but something produced by active participants.

In this presentation Professor Kevin McDonald explores case studies of different radicalisation experiences, based on interviews with members of banned organizations and the social media use of British and French young people who travelled to Syria. He focuses on a university student, a computer hacker, and a former drug dealer. These experiences highlight embodied imaginaries more than political ideologies, conspiracy theories more than religion, and suggest new ways to understand and respond to the allure of jihadism as well as other forms of violent extremism.

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Professor Kevin McDonald, Professor of Sociology
Head, Department of Criminology and Sociology, Middlesex University



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