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Contextual Violence and Support for Violent Extremism: Evidence from the Sahel

  title={Contextual Violence and Support for Violent Extremism: Evidence from the Sahel},
  author={Steven E. Finkel and John F. McCauley},
This study examines the effect of exposure to communal violence on support for violent religious extremism. We argue that in communities with high levels of violence, individuals normalize aggressive behaviors and come to see non-conventional, black-or-white ideologies as more appealing. Using data from over 7,500 respondents in Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad, we employ multilevel structural equation models to evaluate both the individualand communitylevel factors that might impact support for… 

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