The Radicalization Process of Homegrown Terrorists: A Case Study: The Boyd Family in North Carolina Public Deposited

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  • February 26, 2019
  • Hart, Abigail
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Curriculum in Global Studies
  • In this thesis, I hope to answer why and how Daniel Boyd radicalized, as well as his influence on the other seven group members. Moreover, I will explore Daniel’s sons, Zak and Dylan, and their pathways to radicalization to determine whether or not they reached the final step of the radicalization process. I will also describe how their father played a key role in each of their processes. I will use radicalization processes already laid out by terrorism experts as well as my own research into the case of Daniel Boyd and the other seven men in the Raleigh Jihadi group to attempt to explain the reasons and the course of action in which the Boyd’s radicalized. I will connect the literature to the case of Daniel Boyd to argue that even though parts of each theory can be applied to this case study, no one theory correctly describes what happened to this family. Moreover, each theory fails to clearly explain why individuals with similar circumstances to the Boyd family do not radicalize. Therefore, I conclude that the current terrorism research is inadequate and has a long way to go before we can truly understand how and why a seemingly “normal” individual becomes a homegrown terrorist.
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  • Schanzer, David
  • Bachelor of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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