Politik und Religion

The Dark Social Capital of Religious Radicals

Jihadi Networks and Mobilization in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 1998–2018

Authors: Saal, Johannes

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With the departure of European Muslims to the “Islamic State” and a wave of terrorist attacks in Europe in recent years, the questions of why and how individuals radicalize to Jihadi extremism attracted keen interest. This thesis examines how individuals radicalize by applying a theoretical framework that primarily refers to social capital theory, the economics of religion, and social movement theory. The analysis of the biographical backgrounds, pathways of radicalization, and network connections of more than 1,300 Jihadi extremists from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland shows that radicalization primarily need to be considered as a social process of isolation from former social contacts and affiliation with a new religious group. Radicalization is characterized by the transformation of social capital and often channeled through so-called “strong ties” to friends and family members. These peer networks constitute the social fundament of radical clusters on the local level which are usually linked to a broader milieu through exclusive mosque communities and religious authorities. Bonding social capital within these radical groups minimizes the risk of betrayal and promotes trust essential for clandestine and risky activities. 

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About the author Sociologist of religion and political scientist Dr. Johannes Saal is a research assistant at the Center for Religion, Economy and Politics (University of Lucerne). 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Dark Social Capital of Religious Radicals
Book Subtitle
Jihadi Networks and Mobilization in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 1998–2018
Authors
Series Title
Politik und Religion
Copyright
2021
Publisher
VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-658-32842-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-658-32842-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-658-32841-2
Series ISSN
2510-4748
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 527
Number of Illustrations
50 b/w illustrations
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