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Neo-fundamentalist radicalization in Europe - motivational factors and causal mechanisms

Lüsch, Rebecca LU (2010) STVM11 20101
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The overall purpose of this thesis is to examine the motivational factors and causal machanisms behind the Islamist radicalization taking place in Europe among European Muslims. The ontological position is influenced by causal realism, and I have a strategic-relational approach concerning structure and agency.
The thesis is divided into three levels of analysis. On the first level of analysis I conduct a theory-consuming study of political and cultural factors that may effect Muslim radicalization on a structural level.
On the second level of analysis I continue by mapping out what segments of society are most susceptible to the Islamist message, and why.
On the third and most concrete level of analysis I conduct a case study of ... (More)
The overall purpose of this thesis is to examine the motivational factors and causal machanisms behind the Islamist radicalization taking place in Europe among European Muslims. The ontological position is influenced by causal realism, and I have a strategic-relational approach concerning structure and agency.
The thesis is divided into three levels of analysis. On the first level of analysis I conduct a theory-consuming study of political and cultural factors that may effect Muslim radicalization on a structural level.
On the second level of analysis I continue by mapping out what segments of society are most susceptible to the Islamist message, and why.
On the third and most concrete level of analysis I conduct a case study of the individual Islamist and what motivated and caused radicalizaton in this specific case.
The theoretical framework in the thesis consist of the Social Movement Theory (SMT), Framing theory, the Group Process Approach, the Politics of Identity, and finally the Theory of Recruitment.
It is concluded that the radicalization is prominently caused by a combination of structural and individual mechanisms. In other words, it is a dynamic with both indirect causal factors at a structural level and direct causal factors at an individual level. (Less)
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author
Lüsch, Rebecca LU
supervisor
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course
STVM11 20101
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
discrimination, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Radicalization, Islamism, Europe
language
English
id
1567359
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2010-04-22 12:35:12
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  abstract     = {The overall purpose of this thesis is to examine the  motivational factors and causal machanisms behind the Islamist radicalization taking place in Europe among European Muslims. The ontological position is influenced by causal realism, and I have a strategic-relational approach concerning structure and agency. 
The thesis is divided into three levels of analysis. On the first level of analysis I conduct a theory-consuming study of political and cultural factors that may effect Muslim radicalization on a structural level. 
On the second level of analysis I continue by mapping out what segments of society are most susceptible to the Islamist message, and why. 
On the third and most concrete level of analysis I conduct a case study of  the individual Islamist and what motivated and caused radicalizaton in this specific case. 
The theoretical framework in the thesis consist of the Social Movement Theory (SMT), Framing theory, the Group Process Approach, the Politics of Identity, and finally the Theory of Recruitment. 
It is concluded that the radicalization is prominently caused by a combination of structural and individual mechanisms. In other words, it is a dynamic with both indirect causal factors at a structural level and direct causal factors at an individual level.},
  author       = {Lüsch, Rebecca},
  keyword      = {discrimination,Hizb ut-Tahrir,Radicalization,Islamism,Europe},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Neo-fundamentalist radicalization in Europe - motivational factors and causal mechanisms},
  year         = {2010},
}