Friction, Clark McCauley and Sophia Moskalenko First Edition

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This accessible book identifies twelve mechanisms of political radicalization that can move individuals, groups, and the masses to increased sympathy and support for political violence. Terrorism is an extreme form of radicalization, and the book describes pathways to terrorism to demonstrate the twelve mechanisms at work.

Written by two psychologists who are acknowledged radicalization experts and consultants to the Department of Homeland Security, Friction draws heavily on case histories. The case material is wide-ranging - drawn from Russia in the late 1800s, the US in the 1970s, and the radical Islam encouraged by the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. Taken together, the twelve mechanisms show how unexceptional people are moved to exceptional violence in the conflict between states and non-state challengers. Captivating, and with psychological overtones, this timely book covers one of the most pressing issues of our time.

This hardcover first edtion is in fine condition with original dust jacket intact. 

Hardcover: 248 pages

Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 2, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9780199747436

ISBN-13: 9780199747436

ASIN: 0199747431

Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.3 x 9.3 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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