Extremism, Life Experiences and the Internet

Skoczylis, Joshua (2021) Extremism, Life Experiences and the Internet. [Dataset]

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/ICTI8T

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The survey conducted in late 2019 is based on a sample size of 2,692. Its purpose was to collect data on how life experiences and the use of the internet shape extremist attitudes and behaviour. The survey was promoted using paid-for Facebook ads. The advert was made available to Facebook users over the age of 16 who resided in the UK, making almost 130,000 impressions. Using Facebook ads and relying on self-selection sampling, we were able to reach out to a large part of the UK population. After stripping out non-completions we ended up with a sample of 2,692 participants from across the UK. The data suggest that our sample is not representative of the UK population . The survey was split into five sections: demographics, media and internet use, extremism, life experiences, and political attitudes. The media and internet section explored participants media consumptions and how they used the internet to find out and disseminate information. In the extremism section, participants were asked a series of questions about their place in the world as well as questions about whether violence is ever justified to defend and maintain the position and power of the in-group against threats from the out-group. As noted above, this research takes Berger’s definition of extremism as its starting point, which is based on the social relations between in and out-groups (Berger 2018). The life experiences section explored participants life experiences when they occurred and the impact they had on their life.

Keywords:Extremism, Strain, Resilience, Internet
Subjects:L Social studies > L435 Security Policy
L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:44452
Deposited On:12 Apr 2021 14:03

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