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Neo- jihadist prosumers and Al Qaeda single narrative: the case study of Giuliano Delnevo

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posted on 03.07.2014, 00:00 authored by Matteo VerganiMatteo Vergani
Scholars in the field of terrorism and violent extremism often refer to the so-called Al Qaeda single narrative. This article suggests that the Internet challenges the existence of a “single narrative,” by arguing that neo-jihadist prosumers may reinterpret Al Qaeda’s narrative and create hybrid symbols and identities. The article discusses the case study of an Italian neo-jihadist allegedly killed in Syria, Giuliano Delnevo, presenting research on his YouTube and Facebook production. Delnevo’s narrative, which emerges from the diverse messages circulating on the Internet, recasts the Al Qaeda narrative by hybridizing it with other cultural backgrounds and political symbols.

History

Journal

Studies in conflict & terrorism

Volume

37

Issue

7

Pagination

604 - 617

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1057-610X

eISSN

1521-0731

Language

eng

Notes

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Publication classification

X Not reportable; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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