RUSI JournalVolume 162Issue 3members only

Women, Gender and Daesh Radicalisation: A Milieu Approach

Men and women experience radicalisation in different ways.

In this article, Elizabeth Pearson and Emily Winterbotham explore the role of gender in radicalisation to Daesh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS). They discuss possible factors in female radicalisation, and how radicalisation differs between men and women. They find that the gender of the recruit affects the enabling factors, mechanisms and locations relating to radicalisation. The article challenges assertions that the recruitment of young men and

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Emily Winterbotham

Director, Terrorism and Conflict

Terrorism and Conflict

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Elizabeth Pearson

Associate Fellow

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