Questioning the prevalent radicalization models

And if there were another way out? Questioning the prevalent radicalization models.

Canadian Journal of Public Health 2017; 108 (5–6)

By Cécile Rousseau, Ghayda Hassan, and Youssef Oulhote

Violent radicalization is increasingly conceptualized as a public health issue, associated with psychological distress, a sharp increase in discrimination and profiling, and an increase in hate crime and some types of terrorist acts. This brief paper addresses the limitations of the current conceptual models of violent radicalization. Beyond understanding the path leading from radicalization of opinion to violent radicalization, it proposes to consider the nonviolent outcomes of radicalization of opinions in the current social context and to study these outcomes in multiple settings for both minorities and majorities.