Friction How Radicalization Happens to Them and Us

ISBN-10: 0199747431
ISBN-13: 9780199747436
Edition: 2011
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/31/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Since 9/11, we have heard a refrain from analysts and policy makers that equates terrorism with Islam, and focuses on the cultural clash between the traditional Muslim and modern Western culture. This view of terrorism is cripplingly narrow. Terrorism is widespread, both historically and geopolitically, and has strikingly different incarnations in different times and places. Terrorism, which is an extreme form of radicalization, cannot be explained by religious fanaticism or political disagreements between the West and Muslim world. Friction: How Radicalization Happens to Them and Us identifies the 12 mechanisms of political radicalization that move individuals, groups, and mass publics to increased sympathy and support for political violence. It addresses urgent questions: What makes someone become a lone-wolf terrorist? How does martyrdom mobilize new sympathizers and supporters? When do terrorists count on government over-reaction to raise support for terrorism? Is there a 'conveyor belt' from legal activism to illegal political action and terrorism? Is radical Islam the 'center of gravity' of current jihadist threats? Written by two psychologists who are acknowledged radicalization experts and consultants to the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies, Friction draws on a pattern of terrorism that played out over a century ago in imperial Russia to illustrate the 12 mechanisms of radicalization and illuminate the strikingly similar patterns of group and individual behavior unfolding today. Taken together, the case histories from the past and present eras show how unexceptional people are moved to exceptional violence in the conflict between states and non-state groups. This sweeping, absorbing narrative provides the context, depth, and insight needed to recognize the psychology behind radicalization, with hope for those working towards peace.

Daniel Chirot is the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor of International Studies and professor of sociology at the University of Washington. Clark McCauley is the Rachel C. Hale Professor of Science and Mathematics and codirector of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College, and founding editor of "Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward Terrorism and Genocide".

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Individual Radicalization
Personal Grievance
Group Grievance
Slippery Slope
Love
Risk and Status
Unfreezing
Group Radicalization
Group Polarization
Group Competition
Group Isolation
Mass Radicalization
Jujitsu Politics
Hatred
Martyrdom
Wrapping Up
Osama bin Laden
Them and Us
Index

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