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The Dynamics of Radicalization: A Relational and Comparative Perspective

Eitan Y. Alimi, Lorenzo Bosi, and Chares Demetriou


This book advances a theoretical synthesis to explaining radicalization. Treating radicalization as a process along which a member organization of a broad social movement shifts from predominantly nonviolent tactics to predominantly violent tactics, the book moves beyond a focus on dispositions and opportunities for aggression triggered in response to environmental stimuli, or on violence-prone ideologies and cultural templates. It conceptualizes the emergence and intensification of political violence (targeting non-state actors) as unfolding within complex webs of relational patterns that sha ... More

Keywords: radicalization, social movements, contentious politics, relational approach, political violence, mechanisms, EOKA, Red Brigades, al-Qaeda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199937707
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937707.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eitan Y. Alimi, author
Department of Political Science, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Assistant Professor

Lorenzo Bosi, author
European University Institute, Marie Curie Fellow

Chares Demetriou, author
Queen's University, Belfast, Marie Curie Fellow