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Title:Exploring Patterns in White Extremists' Ideologies: A Preliminary Mixed Methods Approach to Analyzing Manifestos Shared via ICTs
Author(s):Duque, Marilu F.; Hernandez Teran, Miriam; Cach, Jackelyn V.; Eikey, Elizabeth V.; Booth, Kayla
Contributor(s):iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3)
Subject(s):White Extremists
Qualitative Thematic Analysis
Latent Semantic Analysis
Abstract:In recent years, the threat of white extremists has been growing rapidly within the United States (U.S.). White extremists have been exploiting Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to spread their rhetoric to wider audiences through the publication of manifestos. However, U.S.-based extremism literature has mainly focused on Islamist extremism due to the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks. As such, there is a gap in extant academic research to understand current ideologies of white extremists and their usage of ICTs, particularly in regard to online manifestos, which are frequently linked to violent acts. To address this gap, our preliminary, exploratory analysis examines three white extremists' manifestos by utilizing a mixed-methods approach to uncover themes in their narratives. Results from a qualitative deductive thematic analysis and a Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) suggest that U.S. white extremists' ideologies may be shifting. Further research into these shifts in ideology could aid in the development of counter-narratives to combat the proliferation of extremist behavior online.
Issue Date:2021-03-17
Genre:Conference Poster
Sponsor:the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 is held by Marilu F. Duque, Miriam Hernandez Teran, Jackelyn V. Cach, Elizabeth V. Eikey, and Kayla Booth. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-03-19

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