Friction: How Radicalization Happens To Them And Us

Hardcover | March 16, 2011

byClark McCauley, Sophia Moskalenko

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This accessible book identifies twelve mechanisms of political radicalization that can move individuals, groups, and the masses to increased sympathy and support for political violence. Terrorism is an extreme form of radicalization, and the book describes pathways to terrorism to demonstratethe twelve mechanisms at work. Written by two psychologists who are acknowledged radicalization experts and consultants to the Department of Homeland Security, Friction draws heavily on case histories. The case material is wide-ranging - drawn from Russia in the late 1800s, the US in the 1970s, and the radical Islam encouraged bythe fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. Taken together, the twelve mechanisms show how unexceptional people are moved to exceptional violence in the conflict between states and non-state challengers. Captivating, and with psychological overtones, this timely book covers one of the most pressingissues of our time.

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This accessible book identifies twelve mechanisms of political radicalization that can move individuals, groups, and the masses to increased sympathy and support for political violence. Terrorism is an extreme form of radicalization, and the book describes pathways to terrorism to demonstratethe twelve mechanisms at work. Written by tw...

Clark McCauley is Rachel C. Hale Professor of Sciences and Mathematics and Co-Director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. With Dan Chirot he co-authored Why Not Kill Them All? The Logic and Prev...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 0.79 inPublished:March 16, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199747431

ISBN - 13:9780199747436

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionSection 1 Mechanisms of Individual Radicalization2. Personal Grievance3. Group Grievance4. Slippery Slope5. Love6. Risk and Status7. UnfreezingSection 2 Mechanisms of Group Radicalization8. Group Polarization9. Group Competition10. Group IsolationSection 3 Mechanisms of Mass Radicalization11. Jujitsu12. Hate13. MartyrdomSection 4 Wrapping Up14. Osama bin Laden15. Them and Us