This paper studies the sociological and psychological aspects that affect the radicalization process of individuals performing terrorism. The number of terrorist attacks in the West has significantly increased during recent years. As a result the Scandinavian population has become more aware of terrorism. Therefore, it is relevant to investigate how individuals become radicalized, and as a result of that, perform terrorism. To investigate the influential aspects, we have produced a comparative analysis of the radicalization process of the Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, and the Danish islamic foreign fighter, Victor Kristensen. The reason why we chose these exact cases, is that the cases provide insights into the aspects of radicalization processes taking place in Scandinavia.
As a result of our investigation, this paper can conclude that although the ideology, execution and target of the two terrorists’ attacks are opposites, the sociological and psychological aspects of the radicalization processes have numerous similarities. Both Breivik and Kristensen have experienced internal psychological conflicts, and because of that have had difficulties adjusting their behavior in social contexts. Thus we conclude that some of the sociological and psychological aspects that play a role in radicalization of both Breivik and Kristensen are lack of recognition, their upbringing and their development into mature adults.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||19 dec. 2017|
|Vejledere||Chris Holmsted Larsen|
- Psykologiske faktorer
- Sociologiske faktorer
- Breivik og Kristensen