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ICCT Live Webinar: Masculinity and Violent Extremism

23 November @ 10:00 am 11:30 am

On Wednesday 23 November, 2022, 10:00-11:30 CET, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) will host a Live Briefing for the release of the book ‘Masculinity and Violent Extremism’.

Violent extremist groups and networks are proliferating across the globe. To understand them and to prevent violent extremist acts, we must pay attention to masculinity. Masculinity defines the social expectations of manhood and the social structuring of hierarchies based on the privileging of what is considered masculine and the devalua­tion of that considered feminine. The participants in violent extremist groups are often men, but beyond this, such groups’ origins, ideologies internal processes and means of recruitment are tied in powerful ways to masculinity. Violent extremist groups often draw on and intensify ideologies of misogyny or women-hating that are already present in society.

This webinar brings together Josh Roose, Michael Flood and Mark Alfano, three of the authors of the recently released book ‘Masculinity and Violent Extremism’. They will explore men’s motivations to support or participate in violent extremist groups and commit violent political acts.