Policy Brief

Reorienting Cultural Production Policies: Ideas to Dissuade Youth From Joining Violent Extremist Groups

Author : M. Karen Walker
Date : April 2011

This policy brief explores ideas for programs to counter violent extremist ideologies and approaches to dissuade youth from joining violent extremist groups. The brief delves into factors of social alienation and discrimination that increase identity seeking and examines the salience and resonance of violent extremist groups’ appeals to identity seekers. It concludes by exploring the potential role of cultural production policies as inoculation as well as diversion strategies and by offering some additional steps to effectively reorient cultural sector policies and reforms to reduce youth vulnerability to violent extremist and terrorist group radicalization.

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