Radicalization in Australia: Examining Australia's Convicted Terrorists
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This article explores theories of radicalization by analysing the 21 individuals convicted to date under Australian anti-terrorism laws. All 21 are Australian citizens and so are discussed with reference to literature on home-grown terrorists. Open source data in the form of media and law reports were collected and analysed for descriptive features of the individuals and their involvement in terrorism-related activities. Themes consistent with elements of process models of radicalization were found, particularly identity issues, ideology, capability and group dynamics. The features analysed are discussed in relation to social attachments and rationalizations, as well as counter-radicalization initiatives.
Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, Vol. 18(2), 2011, pp. 212-231. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of your article.
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