Public Criminology - TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF HOMEGROWN TERRORIST RADICALIZATION
Date: Oct 1/13
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Location: Research and Academic Centre West, 150 Dalhousie Street, RCW 002
Dr. Lorne Dawson
Since the Madrid train bombings in 2004 the attention of security authorities has slowly but steadily shifted from the threat posed by the agents of international terrorist organizations to that posed by “homegrown” terrorist radicalization: citizens inspired by a radical ideology independently forming groups to attack the people of their own country. In the last ten years numerous incidents have occurred throughout Europe, Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, and elsewhere. In this brief lecture I will survey what we know and do not know about this phenomenon, placing recent events in Canada in a broader explanatory context (e.g., the London, Ont. youth involved in the terrorist attack on the Algerian gas plant; the VIA rail bomb plot; the Victoria Canada Day bomb plot). In doing so, I will also briefly discuss the main methodological hurdles preventing us from knowing even more about this relatively rare yet ominous phenomenon, and the need to grasp the social psychological processes at work in turning what often appear to be “remarkably ordinary” people into killers willing to sacrifice their lives for a cause with which they frequently have only a tangential personal connection.
Contact: Carrie Sanders
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