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Definitions Favorable to Terrorism? SSSL and Radicalization: A Case Study Approach


Although social structure and social learning (SSSL) theory has oft been proposed as a general theory of crime, it has rarely been applied to that which qualifies as ideologically-motivated. We seek to rectify this notable gap in the research by examining the suitability of an SSSL framework to radicalization; an understudied, yet vital process to enacting evidence-based counterterrorism efforts. Utilizing a “most likely” case study approach, we find several themes consistent with SSSL principles, primarily within its social learning constructs. We conclude that SSSL does indeed offer promise for explaining all forms of crime including acts of terrorism.

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Carson, Jennifer Varriale and Patrick Andres James. 2019. "Definitions Favorable to Terrorism? SSSL and Radicalization: A Case Study Approach." Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology 7 (February): 59-94.  https://www.jqcjc.org/documents/v7i2.pdf#page=62

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