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Patterns of Disengagement from Violent Extremism: A Stocktaking of Current Knowledge and Implications for Counterterrorism

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This chapter takes stock of what we do and do not know from primary sources about individuals’ disengagement from violent extremism. It points to three broad patterns: doubts related to the binary nature of the extremist world view, disappointment with peers or leaders, and changing personal priorities. The chapter shows how, for example, first-hand exposure to extremist violence or being condemned by mainstream society can either reinforce radicalization or expedite disengagement and argues that one-size-fits-all counterterrorism measures should be supplanted by a differentiated approach to violent extremists to increase their chances of voluntary disengagement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExpressions of Radicalization : Global Politics, Processes and Pratices
EditorsKristian Steiner, Andreas Önnefors
Number of pages20
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date22 Jan 2018
Pages273-293
Chapter10
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-65565-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-65565-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2018
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