A Relational Perspective on Radicalization: Individual Pathways, Group-dynamics and Radical Milieus

IMSISS Opening Lecture - Feb 9th 2021
9 febbraio 2021
9 Febbraio 2021

Martedì 9 Febbraio 2021, h 14.15 On-line event (Zoom platform)

La Scuola di Studi Internazionali é lieta di annunciare l'evento International Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies' Opening Lecture (IMSISS).

A Relational Perspective on Radicalization: Individual Pathways, Group-dynamics and Radical Milieus

Radicalized actors do not only vary significantly with respect to the degree of social isolation in which they operate, but also with respect to the ways in which they interact with other militant activists, radical milieus, or virtual communities during the process of radicalization. In this presentation I will show how analyzing relational configurations and their evolution over time offers a way of identifying discrete patterns of radicalization. Relational patterns are informative not only because they locate and specify sources of radicalizing exposure, but also because social ties are cardinal vectors of intervention. The presentation will draw upon a number of finalized, empirical research projects focusing on lone actor terrorist radicalization, the radicalization of attitudes and behavior in small groups, and the development and sustainment of radical milieus in particular, local areas.

Prof. Lasse Lindekilde, Department of Political Science - University of Aarhus

Lasse Lindekilde is professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute. His research is focused on political mobilization, violent radicalization and the implementation and effects of counter-terrorism policies and communication. Recently his research has focused on online political hostility and aggression, and how bystanders to such hostile behavior react. He has published more than 40 articles and book chapters in this domain. His work is interdisciplinary linking insights from political science, political sociology, criminology and social psychology. Methodologically he has published work building on both field work, survey research and experimental techniques. His research is funded by amongst others the European Commission, the MINERVA-programme and the Danish Research Council. In the fall of 2020, He received an ERC Consolidator Grant for the five-year project “Standing by: Pro-social Bystander Reactions to Online Political Hostility”.

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Prof. Stefano Schiavo, SIS Director - University of Trento


Prof. Louisa R. Parks, SIS IMSISS Coordinator - University of Trento 

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