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PODCAST: ‘Rethinking Radicalization’ With Elizabeth Pearson

Tune in to the latest episode of The Lede podcast, which delves into the critical topic of ‘Rethinking Radicalization.’ This week’s episode features a thought-provoking conversation with Elizabeth Pearson, a renowned academic who has extensively researched extremism and radicalization.

Pearson shares her unique insights with New Lines’ Lydia Wilson, discussing the complexities of engaging with individuals involved in extremist activities. “The people that Elizabeth Pearson spoke to for her research into extremism were often dangerous, but her role as an academic offered a kind of protective barrier. ‘When you’re going into it as a research project, that is a kind of armor against a lot of potential emotional difficulties, because you’ve got a task,’” she tells Wilson on The Lede.

In the podcast, Pearson explains her methodological approach: “My task is to talk to people, to gain primary data, the transcripts, to analyze those with a gendered lens and to understand gender in their mind,” says Pearson. Her research focuses on understanding how gender influences the motivations and behaviors of those drawn to extremist ideologies, providing a nuanced perspective on the issue.

Listeners can expect an in-depth discussion on the psychological and sociological aspects of radicalization, as well as the ethical considerations and challenges faced by researchers in this field. Pearson’s work not only sheds light on the root causes of extremism but also offers valuable strategies for countering radicalization efforts.

Click here to read more and listen to the podcast

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Matt Seldon
Matt Seldon, BSc., is an Editorial Associate with HSToday. He has over 20 years of experience in writing, social media, and analytics. Matt has a degree in Computer Studies from the University of South Wales in the UK. His diverse work experience includes positions at the Department for Work and Pensions and various responsibilities for a wide variety of companies in the private sector. He has been writing and editing various blogs and online content for promotional and educational purposes in his job roles since first entering the workplace. Matt has run various social media campaigns over his career on platforms including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and LinkedIn on topics surrounding promotion and education. His educational campaigns have been on topics including charity volunteering in the public sector and personal finance goals.
Matt Seldon
Matt Seldon
Matt Seldon, BSc., is an Editorial Associate with HSToday. He has over 20 years of experience in writing, social media, and analytics. Matt has a degree in Computer Studies from the University of South Wales in the UK. His diverse work experience includes positions at the Department for Work and Pensions and various responsibilities for a wide variety of companies in the private sector. He has been writing and editing various blogs and online content for promotional and educational purposes in his job roles since first entering the workplace. Matt has run various social media campaigns over his career on platforms including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and LinkedIn on topics surrounding promotion and education. His educational campaigns have been on topics including charity volunteering in the public sector and personal finance goals.

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