Forskningstema: Midtøsten og Nord-Afrika
Forskere på Fafo: Nerina Weiss
Prosjekt: Searching the unknown: Discourses and effects of preventing radicalization in Scandinavia
This article explores the interrelation of volunteering, violence and ideology by studying the pro-Kurdish political and militant mobilisation to the wars in Syria, Turkey and Iraq. Focusing especially on the trajectories, motives and reflections of foreign volunteers in different Kurdish militant groups, I argue that ideology is neither a precondition nor a necessary reason for mobilisation to an armed group. In many cases, it is the other way around, as mobilisation to violence is often the source of ideological conviction.