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The representation of violence by insurgent political actors: the “violent” part of “violent extremism”?

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Abstract

Terrorism is often held to be “violence as communication”. However, terrorism studies has had very little to say about how violence as such is specifically represented by insurgent “extremist” or transgressive political actors. Informed by social movement theories of framing and the literature on virtualization, this paper sets out to offer a preliminary typology of representations of violence by such groups, and the ways in which subcultural engagement with mediated representations of violence may represent a missing dimension in our understanding of “violent extremism” or “violent radicalization”.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-96
Number of pages13
JournalBehavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression
Volume7
Issue number1
Early online date21 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • Violent extremism, Radicalization, Terrorism, Representation, Virtuality

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