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Masculinity and Violent Extremism

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Incorporates multi-method research including survey, interviews, and digital ethnography

  • Integrates interdisciplinary analyses of masculinity and extremism across Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Fills a gap in the literature by drawing on empirically grounded research

Part of the book series: Global Masculinities (GLMAS)

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction: Masculinity and Violent Extremism

    • Joshua M. Roose, Michael Flood, Alan Greig, Mark Alfano, Simon Copland
    Pages 1-8
  3. Literature and Policy Review and Analysis

    • Joshua M. Roose, Michael Flood, Alan Greig, Mark Alfano, Simon Copland
    Pages 9-51
  4. Representations of Masculinity by Progenitor Groups and Extremists

    • Joshua M. Roose, Michael Flood, Alan Greig, Mark Alfano, Simon Copland
    Pages 53-91
  5. The Intersection of Extremist and Normative Masculinity

    • Joshua M. Roose, Michael Flood, Alan Greig, Mark Alfano, Simon Copland
    Pages 93-125
  6. Discussion and Implications

    • Joshua M. Roose, Michael Flood, Alan Greig, Mark Alfano, Simon Copland
    Pages 127-144
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 145-153

About this book

This book explores men's attraction to violent extremist movements and terrorism.

Drawing on multi-method, interdisciplinary research, this book explores the centrality of masculinity to violent extremist recruitment narratives across the religious and political spectrum. Chapters examine the intersection of masculinity and violent extremism across a spectrum of movements including: the far right, Islamist organizations, male supremacist groups, and the far left. The book identifies key sites and points at which the construction of masculinity intersects with, stands in contrast to and challenges extremist representations of masculinity. It offers an insight into where the potential appeal of extremist narratives can be challenged most effectively and identifies areas for both policy making and future research.

Keywords

  • the far right
  • toxicity
  • gender roles
  • normative
  • men's rights

Reviews

“This book takes an obvious but largely neglected question seriously: Why are men the overwhelming majority in violent extremist groups? Drawing on rich empirical research, it gives a persuasive account of the role of masculinity in far right, jihadism and anti-women movements. This compelling book will be an essential source for anyone interested in gender, radicalization and violence.”

Lucas Gottzén, Professor of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden

“This book is a must read for anyone wanting to understand the role masculinities play in violent extremist groups of diverse ideologies – far right, Islamist and far left. It provides new empirical data and offers clear and practical solutions for policy makers looking to put theory into practice, and help men resist extreme groups.”

Elizabeth Pearson, Lecturer in Criminology, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

“The central role and allure of narrow, extremely patriarchal understandings of gender roles as ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors in violent extremist movements across the political and ideological spectrum is too often overlooked. This book is thus a most welcome, crucial and necessary contribution to current debates on violent extremism.”

Henri Myrttinen, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Bremen, Germany

“Masculinity and Violent Extremism proves a detailed and valuable contribution to the literature, helping readers better understand the role of masculinities in contemporary violent extremist movements. A must read.”

Joana Cook, Assistant Professor of Terrorism and Political Violence, Leiden University, Netherlands

"At a time when the role of masculinity in exacerbating political violence has become inescapable, Masculinity and Violent Extremism gives the most in-depth empirical accounts thus far. With rich comparisons of violent masculinities in Australia, the book gives clarity about the enormity of the challenge and some steps which might be taken to address it. Masculinity and Violent Extremism is essential reading for anyone with an interest in gender and violence in contemporary politics."

David Duriesmith, Lecturer in Gender and Politics, University of Sheffield, UK

“This gripping book explores the role of masculinities in violent extremism, a topic which is more often skirted around than rigorously investigated. No one wants to blame men and masculinity per se for violent extremist events, yet there is no denying that men dominate extremist movements and are much more often involved in acts of extremist violence. One of the virtues of this book, in my opinion, is to avoid relying on broad and rather empty generalisations like ‘toxic masculinity’. Rather, the book treats the problem of masculinities in violent extremism as it should be handled, with due attention to the complexities of gender and other socio-cultural factors that are involved. Early on, the reader is given a succinct yet incisive review of the literature in the field. Subsequently, empirical data obtained from men themselves and from popular extremist network sites allows the authors to thoroughly explore the phenomenon, and to give convincing evidence for their analysis and explanation. To my mind, the most compelling section of the book articulates the intersection of extremist and normative masculinity, depicting significant overlap between the discourse of violent extremist organisations and the norms of hegemonic masculinity. A welcome strength of this book is to end on a chapter which draws out for scholars and practitioners the implications for police and practice. The authors amply demonstrate the applicability of their study to international contexts.”

Pam Nilan, University of Newcastle, Australia

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

    Joshua M. Roose

  • School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

    Michael Flood

  • Independent Researcher, New York, USA

    Alan Greig

  • Philosophy Department, Macquarie University, Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics, Macquarie, Sydney, Australia

    Mark Alfano

  • School of Sociology, Australia National University, Canberra, Australia

    Simon Copland

About the authors

Joshua M. Roose is a Senior Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. His research focuses on the intersection of religious and political violence, masculinities, citizenship and the rule of law.

Michael Flood is an Associate Professor in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Dr. Flood explores topics including violence against women and violence prevention, men and masculinities. 

Alan Greig is a scholar and writer with a PhD from the University of Sussex. His work focuses on issues of gender justice and social oppression, personal and political violence, and processes of individual and institutional change. 

Mark Alfano is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University. He uses methods from philosophy, psychology, and computer science to explore topics in social epistemology, moral psychology.

Simon Copland is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Australian National University (ANU), studying online men’s rights groups, digital media platforms and the 'manosphere'.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-031-10497-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)