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Tristessens hundar: Hur tristess kan hjälpa oss förklara interaktionen med jihadistisk propaganda
Swedish Defence University.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Dogs of Boredom : How Boredom can help us explain the interaction with jihadist propaganda (English)
Abstract [en]

This is a suggestive thesis that aims to investigate the potential within boredom literature to supplement explanations of interaction patterns with jihadist propaganda from the so-called Islamic State (IS). The media strategy of IS has benefited from a comprehensive narrative, and an inclusive approach to production and dissemination of propaganda, which has seen a heavy emphasis on the grass root participation within a loosely structured digital network.

The thesis builds on the precept that boredom has been associated with lack of agency, meaning and excitement – three attributes that features prominently in IS propaganda.

Through a scoping literature review of published articles on boredom, certain thematic elements was perceived to have an analytical potential with regards to the jihadist propaganda – including boredom proneness, boredom and meaning-seeking, boredom and excitement, and boredom’s relation to violent agency. The study showed a potential for boredom as a concept, via the respective theoretical and methodological frameworks, to broaden our understanding of the interaction with IS propaganda. By investigating boredom as a driving force in the interaction process, it is possible to highlight several aspects of how and why people relate positively to the propaganda – most importantly the connection between boredom and central human emotions, needs and characteristics.

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2017. , p. 37
Keywords [en]
islamic state, boredom, literature review, propaganda, jihadism
Keywords [sv]
islamiska staten, tristess, litteraturstudie, propaganda, jihadism
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7382OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-7382DiVA, id: diva2:1194358
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Political Science with focus on crisis management and security
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Available from: 2018-04-17 Created: 2018-04-01 Last updated: 2018-04-17Bibliographically approved

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