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Terrorist Narratives & Communicative Devices: Findings from a Study of Online Terrorist Magazines / Stuart Macdonald

Expanding Research on Countering Violent Extremism, Pages: 127 - 141

Swansea University Author: Macdonald, Stuart

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This essay presents quantitative findings from a study of five online terrorist magazines. Published between 1 January 2009 and 30 June 2015, the magazines were all produced by groups following a jihadist ideology. The essay’s analysis is organised into three strands: the composition of the magazine...

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Published in: Expanding Research on Countering Violent Extremism
Published: Abu Dhabi Hedayah 2016
Online Access: http://www.hedayahcenter.org/Admin/Content/File-410201685227.pdf
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa30557
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Abstract: This essay presents quantitative findings from a study of five online terrorist magazines. Published between 1 January 2009 and 30 June 2015, the magazines were all produced by groups following a jihadist ideology. The essay’s analysis is organised into three strands: the composition of the magazines; the justifications advanced in, and motivations underlying, the magazines’ articles; and, the content of the magazines’ images. The overarching objective is to identify the central narratives and themes that are constructed, and the communicative devices used to advance these. The essay seeks to show that differences exist between the various magazines and the groups that produce them – which highlights the importance of developing responses and interventions that are carefully tailored and nuanced – and considers some of the implications of these findings for efforts to develop counter-narratives.
Item Description: The book is freely available on the web: http://www.hedayahcenter.org/Admin/Content/File-410201685227.pdf
Keywords: Terrorism; communication; counterterrorism; narratives
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
Start Page: 127
End Page: 141