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Author:
Gustafsson, Linus (Swedish National Defence College)
Title:
The Swedish Connection: Exploring the Social Network of Violent and Violence-Promoting Islamist Extremism in Sweden and its Connections to the Global Jihad
Department:
Swedish National Defence College
Publication type:
Student thesis
Language:
English
Level:
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE credits
Undergraduate subject:
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot säkerhetspolitik
Uppsok:
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Pages:
71
Year of publ.:
2012
URI:
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2659
Permanent link:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2659
Subject category:
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Keywords(en) :
social movement, social network, global jihad, Islamist, extremism, violence-promoting, terrorism, political violence, Sweden
Keywords(sv) :
social rörelse, socialt nätverk, global jihad, islamist, extremism, våldsbejakande, terrorism, Sverige
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.

Supervisor:
Persson, Gudrun, fil dr (Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), CATS (Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies))
Examiner:
Stern, Eric, Professor (Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), CRISMART (National Center for Crisis Management Research and Training))
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2012-08-31
Created:
2012-06-15
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2013-08-22
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