The Dynamics of Radicalization: A Relational and Comparative Perspective

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byEitan Y. Alimi, Chares Demetriou, Lorenzo Bosi

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Why is it that some social movements engaged in contentious politics experience radicalization whereas others do not? The Dynamics of Radicalization offers an innovative reply by investigating how and when social movement organizations switch from a nonviolent mode of contention to a violentone. Moving beyond existing explanations that posit aggressive motivations, grievances or violence-prone ideologies, this book demonstrates how these factors gain and lose salience in the context of relational dynamics among various parties and actors involved in episodes of contention. Drawing on a comparative historical analysis of al-Qaeda, the Red Brigades, the Cypriot EOKA, the authors develop a relational, mechanism-based theory that advances our understanding of political violence in several important ways by identifying turning points in the radicalization process, similarmechanisms at work across each case, and the factors that drive or impede radicalization. The Dynamics of Radicalization offers a counterpoint to mainstream works on political violence, which often presume that political violence and terrorism is rooted in qualities intrinsic to or developed bygroups considered to be radical.

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Why is it that some social movements engaged in contentious politics experience radicalization whereas others do not? The Dynamics of Radicalization offers an innovative reply by investigating how and when social movement organizations switch from a nonviolent mode of contention to a violentone. Moving beyond existing explanations that...

Eitan Y. Alimi is Senior Lecturer of Political Sociology in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University and author of Israeli Politics and the First Palestinian Intifada. Chares Demetriou is Assistant Professor at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow. Lorenzo Bosi is Assistant Professor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:April 7, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsList of Figures and TablesAcronyms1. Introduction: Social movements, Contentious Politics, and Radicalization2. Theorizing and Comparing Radicalization: A Relational Framework3. The Italian Extra-Parliamentary Left Movement and Brigate Rosse (1969-1978)4. The Cypriot Enosis Movement and EOKA (1945-1959)5. The Salafi Transnational Jihad Movement and al-Qaeda (1984-2001)6. Processes of Radicalization: Dissimilarities in Similarities7. Non-Radicalization and Radicalization in Reverse8. The Relational Dynamics of Radicalization: ConclusionAppendix: Sub-Mechanism Types and DefinitionsNotesReferencesIndex