Chapter 16. De-Radicalization and the Staircase from Terrorism

  1. David Canter Professor
  1. Fathali M. Moghaddam Professor Director Senior Fellow*

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch16

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

How to Cite

Moghaddam, F. M. (2009) De-Radicalization and the Staircase from Terrorism, in The Faces of Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (ed D. Canter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470744499.ch16

Editor Information

  1. University of Huddersfield, UK

Author Information

  1. Georgetown University, USA

*Fathali M. Moghaddam, Department of Psychology, White Gravenor Building (3rd floor), Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. 20057

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470753804

Online ISBN: 9780470744499

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Keywords:

  • de-radicalization and staircase from terrorism;
  • de-radicalization programmes targeted at individuals - reaching different floors of staircase to terrorism;
  • terrorism politically motivated violence, perpetrated by individuals, groups, or state-sponsored agents;
  • metaphor of narrowing staircase leading step-by-step to final terrorist act on top floor of building;
  • mosques as political centre in Islamic communities and influence of fundamentalists in mosques;
  • ‘We must fight the evil enemy in any way we can’;
  • incremental radicalization process - psychological research on conformity and obedience;
  • radicalization and de-radicalization;
  • de-radicalization programmes - matching role of individual in terrorist network;
  • staircase metaphor - need for multi-method approach to de-radicalization

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • De-radicalization and the Staircase from Terrorism

  • Radicalization and De-radicalization

  • The Staircase from Terrorism

  • The Ground Floor and the Psychological Citizen

  • Universals and the Psychological Citizen: The Example of Identity Needs

  • Concluding Comment

  • References