Factors of Individual Radicalization into Extremism, Violence and Terror – the German Contribution in a Context

Authors

  • Daniela Pisoiu Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Vienna
  • Andreas Zick Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG), Bielefeld University, Bielefeld
  • Fabian Srowig Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG), Bielefeld University, Bielefeld
  • Viktoria Roth Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG), Bielefeld University, Bielefeld
  • Katharina Seewald Criminological Service for the Berlin Correctional System and the Social Services of Justice, Berlin

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4119/ijcv-3803

Keywords:

radicalization, extremism, personality, socialization

Abstract

The question as to why individuals join extremist groups, radicalize or even go on to commit acts of terror have been a focus of research for many decades and a multitude of researchers from different disciplines have advanced theories and hypotheses in an attempt to provide an answer. The German literature on the topic has also offered a number of promising contributions worth discussing in the context of general international literature. We begin by examining factors pertaining to the individual as such (personality features, cognitions and emotions) and then move on to address theories that focus on the interaction between individuals and their social environment and long-term socialization processes.

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Published

2020-09-17

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