Critical Criminology

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 421–436 | Cite as

Jihadism from a Subcultural Perspective

  • Jeppe Fuglsang Larsen
  • Sune Qvotrup JensenEmail author


Current trends in Western jihadism point to the renewed relevance of subcultural theory. This article outlines a novel subcultural perspective that synthesizes subcultural theory with recent accounts of intersectionality and argues that such an approach enables an understanding of jihadism as a collective and cultural response to a shared experience of marginalization and othering. In addition, this theoretical perspective offers a framework for comprehending the processes of bricolage central to subcultural collective creativity. This article illustrates this potential by analyzing examples of jihadi rap. Such analyses represent important contributions to studies of the broader cultural and social ecology of jihadi subculture.



This article is part of a project on young people and radicalization processes at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, funded by Aalborg University’s Talent Management Programme. We would like to thank our colleague, Annick Prieur, for comments on an earlier draft of the article. All URLs were active at the time of writing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social WorkAalborg UniversityAalborg EastDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and Social WorkAalborg UniversityAalborg EastDenmark

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