The role of community in countering radicalization to violence: a Winnipeg case-study.
MetadataShow full item record
In 2012 the Canadian Government identified “homegrown” Sunni Islamist extremism as one of the most significant emerging threats to Canada’s security. Since then, the government has been actively promoting counter-radicalization and emphasizing the need for community involvement. Scholarly research on counter-terrorism has also been advocating for partnering with communities and leveraging social forces. What accounts for the growing call for engaging the community? This thesis explores the role of community in countering radicalization to violence. The research is based on a literature review on countering radicalization and a Winnipeg case-study conducted through interviews of stakeholders from both the Muslim community and the broader Winnipeg community. This thesis argues that community involvement is imperative for preventing radicalization to violence, as well as mitigating the numerous concomitant issues that negatively affect community fabric.