By Eitan Y. Alimi, Chares Demetriou, Lorenzo Bosi
Why is it that a few social routine engaged in contentious politics event radicalization while others don't? The Dynamics of Radicalization deals an cutting edge answer via investigating how and whilst social circulation agencies change from a nonviolent mode of competition to a violent one. relocating past latest factors that posit competitive motivations, grievances or violence-prone ideologies, this publication demonstrates how those components achieve and lose salience within the context of relational dynamics between quite a few events and actors all for episodes of rivalry. Drawing on a comparative ancient research of al-Qaeda, the pink Brigades, the Cypriot EOKA, the authors boost a relational, mechamism-based thought that advances our realizing of political violence in numerous vital methods through choosing turning issues within the radicalization procedure, related mechanisms at paintings throughout every one case, and the criteria that force or hamper radicalization. The Dynamics of Radicalization deals a counterpoint to mainstream works on political violence, which regularly presume that political violence and terrorism is rooted in characteristics intrinsic to or built by way of teams thought of to be radical.
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It actually enables us to show in this book that, on the one hand, processes of radicalization (defined by the constituted outcome “radicalization”) are constituted by varied, not constant, cross-context combinations of mechanisms and sub-mechanisms, and that, on the other hand, these mechanisms and sub-mechanisms do not exhaust all the forces at play. This perspective, in turn, has important implications for comparisons attentive to both similarities and dissimilarities, as it means that any given mechanism can be produced in different contexts through a variety of sub-mechanism combinations—hence dissimilarity in constitutive forces but a similarity in constituted outcomes.
2001), as well as in subsequent publications by these authors, the epistemological starting point is that any given episode of contentious politics is a process that emerges from other processes. Accordingly, to study a given process is to study its relationship with constitutive sub-processes. The authors call the constitutive sub-processes “mechanisms,” and it is through this label that they argue their epistemological case. In abstract terms, a mechanism is for them a “delimited class of events and occurrences that alter connections among social units” (McAdam et al.
Each chapter deals with one episode respectively and follows the same structure of analysis and exposition. Chapter 3, then, focuses on the relational dynamics of radicalization in the episode of the Brigate Rosse in the Italian socio-political scene of the late 1960s and 1970s; chapter 4 analyzes the episode of EOKA, thus considering an example of radicalization unfolding at the intra-national level of contentious engagement; and chapter 5 analyzes the radicalization of al-Qaeda, a paradigmatic example of radicalization at the transnational level of contentious engagement.