Author ORCID Identifier

0000-0001-5647-0931

Date of Award

8-2022

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

John Horgan

Second Advisor

Gabriel Kuperminc

Third Advisor

Dominic Parrott

Abstract

“Incels”, or involuntary celibates, are a self-described, largely anonymous

online community of men who embrace and promote a deeply misogynistic worldview. This study explored how Incels use “neutralization techniques” (first identified in research by Sykes and Matza, 1957) through a thematic analysis of Incel manifestos, personal diaries, online blogs, and police interviews. Analysis revealed that violent Incels use a variety of neutralization techniques to justify their crimes. Entitlement was found to be the biggest rationale behind their views and actions. A new theme also emerged from the data centered around the belief that life is futile and nothing can improve their lives. This study has the potential to help us understand the psychological procedures that allow Incels to mobilize to violence and can help us assemble a more comprehensive picture of their worldview and psychology.

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