This book examines two key themes in terrorism studies, the radicalization process and counter-terrorism policies, through the lens of social networks.
The book aims to show that networks should be at the forefront not only when analysing terrorists, but also when assessing the responses to their actions. The volume makes a unique contribution by addressing two relatively new themes for terrorism studies. First it puts social relations and cooperation issues at the forefront – an approach often identified as crucial to future breakthroughs in the field. Second, many contributions tackle the role of the Internet in the process of radicalization and in recruitment more generally, a highly debated topic in the field today. In addition, the book provides a valuable mix of review essays, critical essays, and original empirical studies. This balanced approach is also found in the topics covered by the authors, as well as their academic disciplines, which include sociology, computer science, geography, history, engineering, and criminology as well as political science. Many of the true advances in terrorism studies depend on the successful collaboration of multi-disciplinary teams, each with a different set of methodological and conceptual tools. This volume reflects the newfound diversity in this field and is a true product of its time.
This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism studies, social networks, security studies, sociology, criminology and international relations in general.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Daniel Hiebert and Lorne Dawson 1. Radical and Connected: An Introduction, Martin Bouchard Part I: Terrorism and Radicalization: History, Networks, and the Internet 2. The Past is Present: The Roots of Modern Terrorism, Andre Gerolymatos 3. The Gray Cygnet Problem in Terrorism Research, Laura Huey 4. Researching Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Through a Network Lens, Martin Bouchard and Rebecca Nash 5. Travel Broadens the Network: Turning Points in the Network Trajectory of an American Jihadi, Rebecca Nash and Martin Bouchard 6. A Radical Sociability: In Defense of an Online/Offline Multidimensional Approach to Violent Radicalisation, Benjamin Ducol 7. Terrorist Organizations’ Use of Recruitment on the Internet, Garth Davies, Martin Bouchard, Edith Wu, Kila Joffres, Richard Frank 8. Exploring the Behavioral and Attitudinal Correlates of Civilian Cyberattacks, Thomas Holt, Max Kilger, Lichun Chiang, Chu-Sing Yang Part II: Counter-terrorism: Prospects, Pitfalls, Policies 9. Security Networks and Counter-terrorism: a Reflection on the Limits of Adversarial Isomorphism, Benoit Dupont 10. The Promise and Perils of Integrated Models of Public Safety in Canada, Veronica Kitchen and Adam Molnar 11. A Systematic Approach to Develop a Computational Framework for Counter-terrorism and Public Safety, Andrew Park and Herbert Tsang 12. Radical and Connected: Concluding Thoughs and Future Research, Martin Bouchard
Martin Bouchard is Associate Professor at the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is co-editor of Illegal Markets and the Economics of Organised Crime (Routledge 2010), and World Wide Weed: Global Trends in Cannabis Cultivation and its Control (2011), and editor of Advances in Research on Illicit Networks (Routledge 2015).