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“They’re losers, just remember that”: how young men turn to extremism

If we are to tackle radicalisation, we must consider not only religious and cultural factors but the pressures of masculinity

By Victor Jeleniewski Seidler  

As we learn more about Salman Abedi, we must also understand that there is no single "profile" of a terrorist. Photo: PA

How do young men prove that they are man enough? What do they have to do in the eyes of their mates to prove their masculinities? Across class, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds there is still a significant transition that boys have to navigate in becoming young men and somehow proving their male identities. Though there have been significant shifts, masculinities are seldom directly addressed in, say,…

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