Social Influence in the Online Recruitment of Terrorists and Terrorist Sympathizers: Implications for Social Psychology Research

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dc.contributor.author Lankford, Adam
dc.contributor.author Guadagno, Rosanna E.
dc.contributor.author Muscanell, Nicole L.
dc.contributor.author Okdie, Bradley M.
dc.contributor.author McCallum, Debra M.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-06T21:04:16Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-06T21:04:16Z
dc.date.issued 2010-01
dc.identifier.citation Guadagno, R., Lankford, A., Muscanell, N., Okdie, B., McCallum, D. (2010): Social Influence in the Online Recruitment of Terrorists and Terrorist Sympathizers: Implications for Social Psychology Research. International Review of Social Psychology, Volume 23. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6575
dc.description.abstract Since its inception, people have constantly found new and unexpected ways to communicate via the Internet. One such use has been the recruitment of new members by terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda (Riedel, 2007). Al Qaeda uses social influence techniques to induce individuals to become terrorist sympathizers (Burton & Stewart, 2008; Ger wehr & Daly, 2005; Al-Saleh, 2007). By starting with simple online requests and then gradually requesting increasing commitments to the cause, a terrorist organization may influence its targets to support far more extreme ideologies than they otherwise would. As proposed by self-perception theory (Bem, 1972), the new converts may form increasingly radical attitudes to be consistent with their increasingly radical behavior. At the same time, enhancing the salience of the social identity of group membership may also amplify the influence of such recruiting tactics. Implications for social influence research on online terrorist recruiting are discussed. en_US
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dc.language English en_US
dc.subject Social Influence en_US
dc.subject Self-Perception en_US
dc.subject Foot-In-the-Door en_US
dc.subject SIDE Model en_US
dc.subject Internet en_US
dc.subject Terrorism en_US
dc.title Social Influence in the Online Recruitment of Terrorists and Terrorist Sympathizers: Implications for Social Psychology Research en_US
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