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He’s Got Friends in Online Places: The Presence of Social Media in Radicalization

Abstract Social media has become a significant aspect of American life and culture.

Criminal groups including extremists of various ideological milieus have found social

media useful in their recruitment efforts. Further, these online spaces allow extremists to

easily interact with one another, reinforcing each other’s radical perspectives. Little

research has examined social media’s role in radicalization and fewer studies have tested

the differences between the radicalization processes of individuals espousing disparate

ideologies. Using Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States, a data set of

804 extremist men, this study sets out to determine whether the role of social media in the

radicalization process varies b... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Stewart, Connor James (Author) / Young, Jacob (Advisor) / Decker, Scott (Committee member) / Telep, Cody (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Criminology / Psychology / Political science / Radicalization / Social learning theory / Social media
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 40 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Criminology and Criminal Justice 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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