Talking about radicalization

Malik, Kenan

Publisher:  Kenan Malik
Date Written:  20/04/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19352

One of the problems with discussing the concept of radicalization is that it can mean all things to all people. In one sense it simply means 'the process by which terrorists become terrorists'. But, radicalization, particularly as it is discussed in political and popular discourse, has also come to embody certain ideas about how that process takes place: For instance, that the acceptance of extremist religious ideas is the first step in leading people to violence; that there are certain stages through which people move from belief to terror; that there are certain tell tale signatures of radicalization; and so on.

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