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Narrative Persuasion and Violent Extremism: Foundations and Implications

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Communication researchers have long-explored the ability of narratives to change the viewpoints of those that are exposed to them. Only recently, however, have terrorism researchers begun to investigate whether narratives produced by terrorist groups effectively promote terrorist ideologies. This chapter provides a brief summary of narrative persuasion , how terrorists use narratives to promote radicalization, and how terrorist narratives targeted at adolescents can be challenged.

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Notes

  1. 1.

    Though the group was called Aum Shinrikyo at the time of its Tokyo subway attack, it has since changed its name to Aleph.

  2. 2.

    Unpacking these eight propositions is beyond the scope of the current chapter, but the author would suggest that the interested reader seek out Marie-Laure Ryan (2007).

  3. 3.

    For details concerning psychological processes that lead to persuasion, see Moyer-Gusé (2008).

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Braddock, K. (2020). Narrative Persuasion and Violent Extremism: Foundations and Implications. In: Schmitt, J., Ernst, J., Rieger, D., Roth, HJ. (eds) Propaganda und Prävention. Interkulturelle Studien. Springer VS, Wiesbaden. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-28538-8_28

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