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Psychological Perspectives on Radicalization

Psychological Perspectives on Radicalization

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This innovative book examines radicalization from new psychological perspectives by examining the different typologies of radicalizing individuals, what makes individuals resilient against radicalization, and events that can trigger individuals to radicalize or to deradicalize. What is radicalization? Which psychological processes or events in a person's life play a role in radicalization? What determines whether a personal is resilient against radicalization, and is deradicalization something that we can achieve? This book goes beyond previous publications on this topic by identifying concrete key events in the process of radicalization, providing a useful theoretical framework that summarizes the current state-of-the-art research on radicalization and deradicalization. A model is presented in which a distinction is made between different levels of radicalization and deradicalization, with key underlying psychological needs discussed: the need for identity, justice, significance, and sensation. The authors also describe what makes people resilient against messages from "the outside world" when they belong to an extremist group and discuss observable events which may "trigger" a person to radicalize (further) or to deradicalize. Including real-world examples and clear guidelines for interventions aimed at prevention of radicalization and stimulation of deradicalization, this is essential reading for policy makers, researchers, practitioners, and students interested in this crucial societal issue.

Psychological Perspectives on Radicalization

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction


Chapter 2: What is Radicalization?


Chapter 3: Describing the Elephant When You Are Blind: Methods to Study Radicalization


Chapter 4: The Stages of Radicalization


Chapter 5: Wanted: Radical: About Profiles, Populations, and Personalities


Chapter 6: Psychological Aspects of Radical Groups


Chapter 7: The Last Straw: Trigger Factors in the Radicalization Process


Chapter 8: Resilience against Radicalization and Deradicalization


Chapter 9: EXIT! The Psychology of Deradicalization and Disengagement


Chapter 10. Eight Lessons for Dealing with Radicalization

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