Neojihadist visual politics: comparing YouTube videos of North Caucasus and Uyghur militants

Vergani, Matteo and Zuev, Dennis 2015, Neojihadist visual politics: comparing YouTube videos of North Caucasus and Uyghur militants, Asian studies review, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 1-22, doi: 10.1080/10357823.2014.976171.

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Title Neojihadist visual politics: comparing YouTube videos of North Caucasus and Uyghur militants
Author(s) Vergani, MatteoORCID iD for Vergani, Matteo
Zuev, Dennis
Journal name Asian studies review
Volume number 39
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1035-7823
Keyword(s) YouTube
North Caucasus
visual narratives
Summary YouTube videos offer a rare opportunity to gain an insight into the sequestered world of neojihadism. This study examines and compares the lines of the visual narrative associated with two Asian insurgencies that help to form the global Islamic social movement: the insurgency in Chechnya (North Caucasus) and that in Xinjiang (China). The purpose of the article is to describe the narratives used by the Islamic militants addressing the conflict and to identify similarities and differences in the use of visual rhetorical techniques by neojihadist groups to propagate their worldview. The study of the visual narratives promoted in the videos will help to provide a better understanding of the impact of the neojihadist narratives on the creation of collective identities. Our findings suggest that these narratives have similar features, which can be identified in a set of sub-narratives. Within the common pattern, however, significant differences can be found, especially in the interpretation of the videos by the audiences.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10357823.2014.976171
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Asian Studies Association of Australia
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