ISIS Essay

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As a movement, the main driving power of ISIS has been the physical force, and how this has created an uprising. But throughout this movement putting aside the destruction, ISIS has attempted to create credibility and sought to be seen as a legitimate state. ISIS has had a clear message, and that has led to recruitment of a large military force, and the intimidation of enemy forces, and the global media. In recent times there has been various factors in the lead up to this type of movement, including technological advances, including mobile phones, mapping services, and social media. ISIS has taken what was an internal conflict and it has become an important political issue across the world. On of the most important parts of a movement, …show more content…
Global civil society theory suggests that society is composed of formal and informal organisations with constituencies, operations, and goals transcending state boundaries (Clifford, 2001). Suggesting that organisations such as non-governmental organisations, and other social movements exist in a way that are no longer confined to the boundaries of states, populations and suggests that the same fight can exist within several states, but take on many different forms to try and adapt to that particular states law and regulations. Using this theory and applying it to ISIS tends to work well, because of the recruitment techniques that ISIS have employed, they are not just looking for soldiers within the middle east, they are producing content in English to appeal to a much greater audience. Links between resource mobilisation and global civil society can be made by the concept of people being a force of power, and the more people you have on your side, the more power you …show more content…
Benford and David A. Snow have a framework that consists of the 3 sections diagnostic, prognostic and motivational framing. It can be proclaimed the diagnostic indicate an individual identifying a problem, which the social movement wishes to change. The identification, of the problem usually involves deprivation and opportunity leading to mobilisation and collective action. But a social movement also applies diagnostic framing when “...movements identify the “victims” of a given injustice and amplify their victimization...”(Benford R. D, 2000, p. 615). This means, a social movement can persuade individuals to join the movement as they suddenly feel a higher degree of victimisation or personal connection to the cause than they may have previously thought. 
Benford and Snow further argue diagnostic framing is questionable when used in relation to religious groups, such as ISIS. However, it could be argued that the diagnostic task, of identifying the framework in this was and is useful to apply to religious groups as they often use individual’s misfortunes to recruit, in particular the marginalisation of muslim people. An example is Islamic activist groups who amongst others argue, the West is too influential in middle eastern states and has deprived the people of these countries of their right to an Islamic State and decision-making, including the original argument of ISIS against the post WWII state boundaries. Prognostic framing as defined by Benford and Snow

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