Narrative in the Study of Victimological Processes in Terrorism and Political Violence: An Initial Exploration
Antony Pemberton, Pauline Aarten (2017) Narrative in the Study of Victimological Processes in Terrorism and Political Violence: An Initial Exploration, Studies in conflict and terrorism, 1-16.
Narrative is intimately connected to victimization and radicalization. Trouble, the notion that drives narrative, is often coupled with victimization: the experience of suffering intentional harm. This experience can play a turning point in the stories that radicals construct about their own lives and thus play a role in their pathway to radicalization. In this article, three main themes of narrative will be further explored in relation to victimization and radicalization: identity, emotions, and culture. Central in this article is the discussion on how narrative can contribute to theory and research into victimological processes in radicalization, while offering new means to further develop key constructs.