Radicalization into Violent Extremism I: A Review of Social Science Theories

@article{Borum2011RadicalizationIV,
  title={Radicalization into Violent Extremism I: A Review of Social Science Theories},
  author={Randy Borum},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Security},
  year={2011},
  volume={4},
  pages={7-36}
}
  • R. Borum
  • Published 2011
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Strategic Security
In discourse about countering terrorism, the term "radicalization" is widely used, but remains poorly defined. To focus narrowly on ideological radicalization risks implying that radical beliefs are a proxy—or at least a necessary precursor—for terrorism, though we know this not to be true.Different pathways and mechanisms of terrorism involvement operate in different ways for different people at different points in time and perhaps in different contexts. This article explores the problems in… 
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