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Eriksonian Analysis of Terrorism in West Africa

Chris Mensah-Ankrah
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Chris Mensah-Ankrah: West Africa Centre for Counter Extremism, Accra, Ghana

International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT), 2017, vol. 7, issue 1, 42-59

Abstract: The objective of an Eriksonian analysis of terrorism is not to discard other theories, but to build on them, addressing their limitations through a personality development analysis which seeks to examine the susceptibility or eventual radicalization of an individual. So, while the concept attests to various socio-economic and political theories underpinning terrorism, it examines how these theories exposes the weaknesses of identity through a psychosocial analysis of personality development. The crux of the theory is therefore to examine reasons underlying the paths to radicalization from an intra-personal perspective largely influenced by one's immediate social conditions. The basic questions are therefore: Why do individuals of the same socio-economic and political pressure respond differently to the “pressures of radicalization†? Recommendations after the study includes; the concept of an integrating highly segregated extremist communities, a concept called “The Melting Pot†, revaluating teaching and learning models of Islamic Institutions offering Islamic studies.

Date: 2017
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