Friction

How radicalization happens to them and us

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Clark McCauley, Ph.D., is Rachel C. Hale Professor of Sciences and Mathematics and co-director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College. more...

Sophia Moskalenko is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (NC-START) and a consultant with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. more...

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Using case histories from 1800s to the present, from Europe and North America, McCauley and Mosklaneko identify 12 mechanisms of radicalization operating across individual, small group, and mass-public levels.  These mechanisms produce the dynamics of intergroup conflict, in which both sides are radicalized in action and reaction over time. 

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