1st Edition

Making Sense of Radicalization and Violent Extremism Interviews and Conversations

Edited By Mitja Sardoč Copyright 2022
    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume brings together interviews with leading scholars to discuss some of the most important issues associated with radicalization, violent extremism and terrorism.

    The overall aim of these interviews is to move beyond the ‘conventional wisdom’ over radicalization and violent extremism best represented by many of its well-known slogans, metaphors, aphorisms alongside various other thought-terminating clichés. A vast range of topics are tackled in these conversations, including issues as diverse as the genealogy of radicalization and violent extremism, the rhetoric of emergency politics (’the language of fear’), the ethics of securitization, mutual radicalization, the challenges arising out of the relationship between cognitive and behavioural radicalization, Islamism bias in research on radicalization, the ethics of espionage (as an integral element of the ‘war on terror’), the epistemic dimension of radicalization, the application of the just war conceptual framework to terrorism, and the ethics of exceptional means when addressing security-related issues, to name a few. The unifying assumption of the interviews in the volume is the complex nature of radicalization, violent extremism and conflicting diversity, as well as their interwoven relationship. While radicalization has become one of the ‘great buzzwords’ of the intelligence and security ‘industry’, pleas for its very abandonment as a useful analytical category have also started to emerge.

    This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism studies, radicalisation, violent extremism, security studies and International Relations, in general.

    1. Making Sense of Radicalization and violent extremism: A critical introduction

    2. Re-thinking Violence: An Interview with C.A.J. Coady

    3. Radicalization, Violent Extremism and Terrorism: An Interview with Quassim Cassam

    4. Violence and Social (In)Justice: An Interview with Vittorio Bufacchi

    5. 9/11 at 20: An Interview with Virginia Held

    6. The Ethics of Espionage: An Interview with Cécile Fabre

    7. Making Sense of Political Violence: An Interview with Marc Sageman

    8. The Ethics of Securitization: An Interview with Rita Floyd

    9. The Psychology of Radicalization: An Interview with Fathali M. Moghaddam

    10. Radicalization vs. Counter-Radicalization Narratives: An Interview with Kurt Braddock

    11. Democracy and Political Violence: An Interview with Donatella Della Porta

    12. Theorizing Radicalization and Violent Extremism: An Interview with Rik Coolsaet

    13. Radicalization, Violent Extremism and Conflicting Diversity: An Interview with Michel Wieviorka

    14. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Radicalization: An Interview with Arun Kundnani

    15. The Trouble with Terrorism: An Interview with Mark Sedgwick

    16. Making Sense of Terrorism: An Interview with Lisa Stampnitzky

    17. Theorizing About Just War: An Interview with Helen Frowe

    18. The Ethics of War and Terrorism: An Interview with Uwe Steinhoff


    Mitja Sardoč is senior research associate at the Educational Research Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia.