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The Swedish Connection : Exploring the Social Network of Violent and Violence-Promoting Islamist Extremism in Sweden and its Connections to the Global Jihad
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
Abstract [en]

This study examines who is part of the Swedish network of violent and violence-promoting Islamist extremism and whether the social network is a case of „new social movement‟. Through a social network analysis of violent and violence-promoting Islamist extremists in Sweden the results shows that there is a loose Swedish network with global nodes. The social network in Sweden is analyzed through the framework of New Social Movement theory and the connections between the global jihad and the Swedish network are examined. The result is that the network cannot be seen as a case of „new social movement‟. However, several individuals of the network can be seen as part of the global jihad and therefore a case of „new social movement‟. More academic research is needed on violent and violence-promoting Islamist extremism in Sweden, especially on why and how these actors are radicalized. In addition, more research is needed on how to prevent and counter violent and violence-promoting Islamist extremism.

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2012. 71 p.
Keyword [en]
social movement, social network, global jihad, Islamist, extremism, violence-promoting, terrorism, political violence, Sweden
Keyword [sv]
social rörelse, socialt nätverk, global jihad, islamist, extremism, våldsbejakande, terrorism, Sverige
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2659 (URN)oai:DiVA.org:fhs-2659 (OAI)
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot säkerhetspolitik
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from2012-08-31 Created:2012-06-15 Last updated:2013-08-22Bibliographically approved

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