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Signals of radicalization among Dutch muslim youth : comparing theory with practice

Passier, C.E. (2017) Signals of radicalization among Dutch muslim youth : comparing theory with practice.

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Abstract:This study focused on the radicalization process and the signals that can be observed during the different stages of the process. It is important and relevant to have a good model of the different phases of the radicalization process with associated signals, that can be used by first line practitioners to interpret if Dutch Muslim youth may be radicalizing. Therefore, in this Master thesis a literature based model is proposed that divides the radicalization process into three different phases: 1) sensitivity, 2) group membership, and 3) action, with associated signals. Next the model is tested with a survey among first line practitioners (N = 80): community officers, youth workers, and high school teachers. The survey consisted of three parts: 1) general information, 2) a card-sorting task, whereby the participants had to group different literature based signals of the radicalization process that were included in the model that is proposed in this current study, and c) a task, whereby participants had to indicate per signal how useful a signal is to recognize in which phase of the radicalization process a radicalizing youngster is. Results show that first line participants distinguish more than three phases. The first two phases of the proposed model largely correspond with the results of both tasks. Notable is the strong difference that the first line practitioners made between ‘mental preparation for attack’ and ‘performing an attack’ in the third action phase of the proposed model.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/74098
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