In this fascinating book, Kevin McDonald shows that the term radicalization unifies what are in fact very different experiences. These new violent actors, whether they travelled to Syria or killed at home, range from former drug dealers and gang members to students and professionals, mothers with young children and schoolgirls. This innovative book sets out to explore radicalization not as something done to people but as something produced by active participants, attempting to make sense of themselves and their world. In doing so, McDonald offers powerful portraits of the immersive worlds of social media so fundamental to present-day radicalization.
Radicalizationoffers a bold new way of understanding the contemporary allure of jihad and, in the process, important directions in responding to it.
Keywords: radicalization; jihadism; jihadi; right-wing; political Islam; ISIS; Daesh; Syria; Iraq; Islamic State; social media; sociology; political sociology; politics; extremism; terrorism, Political Issues & Behavior, New Media, Political Issues & Behavior, New Media