A gendered approach to exploring the social connections of misogynist terrorists

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University of New Brunswick


Academics and security forces alike have highlighted a recent increase in acts of mass violence based in misogyny. In response, the current thesis aimed to understand how misogynist terrorists were sharing and receiving misogynistic and violent misogynistic communication leading up to their attack. In doing so, these acts were conceptualized as misogynist terrorism. This study involved the use of social network analysis to map the full, misogynistic and violent misogynistic communication networks of three misogynist terrorists: George Sodini, Elliot Rodger, and Scott Beierle. Overall, this exploration highlighted seven primary conclusions regarding how misogynist terrorists communicated their ideologies. From these conclusions, three preliminary intervention recommendations were established. The results of this thesis highlight the importance paying specific attention to the ideological underpinnings of misogyny and provides numerous suggestions for future research.