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Why People Radicalize

Kees Van Den Bos


This book focuses on the issue of why people radicalize. This issue includes the question of why sometimes Muslims or those who identify with right-wing or left-wing politics engage in violent extremism and are sympathetic to terrorist acts. The book argues that part of the answer to these important yet complex and multifaceted topics lies in people perceiving certain things in their world as profoundly unfair. For example, they feel that their group is being treated in blatantly unfair manners, or they judge crucial moral principles to be violated. The book makes the case that these unfairnes ... More

Keywords: radicalization, extremism, terrorism, unfairness, injustice, immorality, uncertainty, self-correction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190657345
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190657345.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kees Van Den Bos, author
Professor of Social Psychology, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Utrecht University