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Mutual Radicalization

How Groups and Nations Drive Each Other to Extremes

Fathali M. Moghaddam (author)

ISBN: 9781433829239

Publication Date: Jun 2018

Format: Paperback

Drawing from well established psychological principles, Fathali M. Moghaddam presents a dynamic, cyclical threestage model of mutual radicalization that explains how groups gather under extremist ideologies, establish rigid norms under authoritarian leadership, and develop antagonistic worldviews that exaggerate the threats posed by each other.
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Radicalization has become a serious global problem. Groups and nations are increasingly embroiled in escalating conflicts with one another that are defined by pathological hatred and ideological polarization, with devastating consequences including terrorism and war. Social psychologist Fathali M. Moghaddam calls this process mutual radicalization. In this groundbreaking book, he explores its causes and potential solutions.
 
Drawing from wellestablished psychological principles, Moghaddam presents a dynamic, cyclical threestage model of mutual radicalization that explains how groups gather under extremist ideologies, establish rigid norms under authoritarian leadership, and develop antagonistic worldviews that exaggerate the threats posed by each other. This process leads to intensifying aggressive actions that can even reach the point of mutual destruction. Moghaddam applies his model to ten realworld case studies of mutual radicalization that focus on three main areas: the conflict between Islamist radicals and extreme nationalists in the West; nations that are mired in longstanding hostilities, including North Korea and South Korea; and the increasingly toxic atmosphere in American politics. Moghaddam also offers practical solutions for achieving deradicalization and highlights historical successes, such as German reunification.
Pages 240
Dimensions 254 x 178
Date Published 30 Jun 2018
Publisher American Psychological Association
Subject/s Social, group or collective psychology   Violence in society   Political ideologies   Terrorism, armed struggle   Armed conflict  
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Radicalization and Conflict in Global Context
  • A Dynamic Model of Mutual Radicalization
  • I. Islamic Radicalization and the West
  • Israel–Palestine
    Iran–United States
    United States–Islamic Jihad
    Extremist Nationalists and Islamic Jihadists in the European Union
  • II. Nation-States in Transition
    China–Japan
    North Korea–South Korea
    Pakistan–India
  • III. Mutual Radicalization in the United States
    Gridlockracy in U.S. Politics
    Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Their Supporters
    The National Rifle Association and the Gun-Regulation Groups
  • IV. Toward Solutions for Mutual Radicalization
    Solutions to Mutual Radicalization
  • References
  • Index
  • About the Author
Fathali M. Moghaddam, PhD, is professor of psychology and director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science at Georgetown University. He is editor-in-chief of the APA journal Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

Dr. Moghaddam was born in Iran, educated from an early age in England, and returned to Iran to study radicalization and change processes during and after the 1979 revolution.

His most recent published books are The Psychology of Dictatorship (2013), The Psychology of Democracy (2016), Questioning Causality (with Rom Harré, 2016), and the two-volume Encyclopedia of Political Behavior (2017).

His ongoing research focuses on the cognitive processes underlying radicalization, democracy, and dictatorship.

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