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Themes of radicalisation revealed though the personal constructs of Jihadi terrorists

Sarangi, Sudhanshu, Canter, David V. and Youngs, Donna E. (2013) Themes of radicalisation revealed though the personal constructs of Jihadi terrorists. Personal construct theory and practice, 10 (2013). pp. 40-60. ISSN 1613-5091

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To contribute to an understanding of the individual psychologies that characterise people who carry out acts of terrorism, four distinct themes are proposed that can each dominate Islamic terrorist’s conceptualisations of his/her own actions: Islamic Jihad, Political Jihad, Social and Criminal. These themes are illustrated from interviews with people convicted of Jihadi-related acts of terrorism within India. The interviews utilised Kelly’s Repertory Grid procedure, thus allowing the Personal Construct System of the interviewees to be explored in association with their accounts of their lives. These case studies provide rare insights from the terrorists themselves, indicating important similarities across individuals as well as distinct differences in the structure of their thinking that inform considerations of radicalisation and approaches to facilitating disengagement

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Terrorism, repertory grid, jihad, radicalisation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 10:45
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2015 04:18


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