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Neorealism and revolutionary strategy?: Exploring the power political strategies of revolutionary movements, through a textual analysis of the Management of Savagery
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A close study of neorealist theory, indicates that revolutionary movements can produce some effects, that can have severe power political repercussions. Yet there is very little written in the neorealist corpus, about revolutions and revolutionary movements. The aim of this research was to investigate if these effects could contribute to our explanation, of the power political strategies employed by revolutionary movements. In order to fulfill the aim, a theory consuming case study was conducted. The method employed was a qualitative textual analysis, of a strategic text from Al-Qaeda. The result of the study showed that anticipated power political effects of a social revolution, were discounted for in the strategy. And the expected effects of a conflict between a revolutionary movement and a stable State, did appear in strategy. However the strategists calculations about revolutionary contagnation and the vulnerabilities of fragile States, did not match the theoretical expectations. Perceived foreign domination and perceived fragile State structures, effected the calculations in an unexpected way. Thus the results indicate that the employed analytic framework need further refinement.

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2017. , p. 43
Keywords [en]
Neorealism, revolutionary movements, strategy, jihadism
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34354OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-34354DiVA, id: diva2:1176974
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International Realtions
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2018-01-24 Created: 2018-01-23 Last updated: 2018-02-06Bibliographically approved

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