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dc.contributor.authorRamsay, Gilbert
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-27T12:32:46Z
dc.date.available2013-08-27T12:32:46Z
dc.date.issued2012-07-10
dc.identifier.citationRamsay, G. (2012). Targeting, rhetoric and the failure of grassroots jihad. Journal of Terrorism Research, 3(1), pp. 27-38.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2049-7040en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://ojs.st-andrews.ac.uk/index.php/jtr/article/view/415en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/4003
dc.description.abstractIn this paper I examine the apparent failure of Al Qaeda ideologues, not for want of trying, to incite a widespread campaign of ‘individual jihad’. Not only are instances of genuinely ‘leaderless’ jihadist violence rare, they also tend to be more discriminate and less lethal in their targeting than the operations which Al Qaeda expresses a discursive preference for, and which it attempts to carry out. I argue that an explanation for the rather constrained nature of grassroots jihadist violence can be found, rather paradoxically, in the logic of collective action, which seems to underlie the rhetorical attempts of jihadist ideologues to incite violence. I then briefly examine the possible implications of this for understanding what makes for a successful ‘leaderless’ terrorist campaign.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherCentre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Terrorism Researchen_US
dc.rightsThis is an open access article published in Journal of Terrorism Research. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
dc.subjectJihaden_US
dc.subjectRhetoricen_US
dc.subject.lccHV6431en_US
dc.subject.lcshTerrorismen_US
dc.titleTargeting, rhetoric and the failure of grassroots jihaden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.description.versionPublisher PDFen_US
dc.publicationstatusPublisheden_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://doi.org/10.15664/jtr.415en


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