Sketch of a Social Ecology Model for Explaining Homegrown Terrorist Radicalisation

Lorne Dawson
2017 ICCT Research Papers  
The study of homegrown jihadi terrorist radicalisation has veered from early efforts to theorise what was happening, which were often insufficiently grounded in empirical evidence, to a reticence to theorise much at all, given the perceived complexity of the phenomenon. Yet knowledge acquisition and mobilisation in this relatively new field remains acutely dependent on how we conceptualise what is happening and integrate our findings. This Research Note provides an initial argument for the
more » ... gument for the merits of adopting a fairly straightforward ecological approach to organising and extending our grasp of the social and social psychological factors influencing the career of potential jihadists. ). He is currently preparing a book (with Dr. Amarasingam) on foreign jihadi fighters for Hurst/Oxford University Press. He makes numerous invited presentations to academic and government groups, and is frequently interviewed in the media in Canada about terrorism. About ICCT The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism -The Hague (ICCT) is an independent think and do tank providing multidisciplinary policy advice and practical, solution-oriented implementation support on prevention and the rule of law, two vital pillars of effective counter-terrorism. ICCT's work focuses on themes at the intersection of countering violent extremism and criminal justice sector responses, as well as human rights related aspects of counter-terrorism. The major project areas concern countering violent extremism, rule of law, foreign fighters, country and regional analysis, rehabilitation, civil society engagement and victims' voices. Functioning as a nucleus within the international counter-terrorism network, ICCT connects experts, policymakers, civil society actors and practitioners from different fields by providing a platform for productive collaboration, practical analysis, and exchange of experiences and expertise, with the ultimate aim of identifying innovative and comprehensive approaches to preventing and countering terrorism.
doi:10.19165/2017.1.01 fatcat:ep436kvdkrcw5dzemdbnkqeyza