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dc.contributor.advisorClunan, Anne
dc.contributor.authorAbrahams, John A.
dc.dateMar-17
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-10T16:31:09Z
dc.date.available2017-05-10T16:31:09Z
dc.date.issued2017-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/52941
dc.descriptionReissued 5 May 2017 to correct misspelled Second Reader’s name on title page.
dc.description.abstractThe number of disconnected youth, those ages 16 to 24 who are not in school and are not employed, has reached significant levels in the United States and Western Europe. This trend is coupled with the fact that more and more foreign fighters are joining Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria. In particular, Western youth have been the target of radicalization by ISIS and other terrorist groups, and the appeal and lure of such groups seem unlikely to subside. A similar trend is also evident among youth in Muslim countries where the number of foreign fighters to terrorist groups seems unlikely to decrease. According to recent estimates, over 28,000 foreign fighters have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq since 2011. The fact that so many youth have been radicalized to join terrorist groups is a cause for concern that requires closer scrutiny, understanding, and action by Western and other governments. The explanations and motivations as to why youth join terrorist groups abound; these include lack of education, poverty, religion discrimination, family background, and political and economic marginalization, among others. This research seeks to answer the question, are the youth in the United States, who are disconnected, more likely to become radicalized to terrorism? To answer this, various theoretical frameworks were researched and examined, such as relative deprivation, social movement theory, and psychological perspectives, to shed light on understanding this issue.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/ideologicalradic1094552941
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleIdeological radicalization: a conceptual framework for understanding why youth in major U.S. metropolitan areas are more likely to become radicalizeden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderMordag, Nadav
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authoryouth disconnectionen_US
dc.subject.authorradicalizationen_US
dc.subject.authorMuslim youthen_US
dc.subject.authorfrustrated achieversen_US
dc.subject.authorrelative deprivationen_US
dc.subject.authorrepresentative terrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorsocial inequalityen_US
dc.description.serviceDirector, Personnel Support Services and Benefits, Transportation Security Administrationen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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