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Routledge Handbook of Deradicalization

1st Edition

Edited by Stig Jarle Hansen, Stian Lid


384 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Deradicalisation offers an overview of the historical settings, theoretical debates and national approaches to de-radicalisation.

The volume includes discussions of both rightwing/leftwing political and religiously inspired de-radicalisation processes, and includes some practitioners as contributors. It thus hopes to span the differences between practitioners and the academics, and to enable an interaction between practices and academic knowledge. Radicalization and violent extremism is now a major challenge around the globe, from al-Shabaab in Somalia to FARC in Colombia, right-wing groups in Europe and several militant Islamist groups in the Philippines. There are no signs of these challenges diminishing in the future; rather, the contrary. As new and violent extremist groups and environments emerge, while others are weakening, there is an increasing need for knowledge not only about how individuals physically exit these movements, but also how to change their mindset and stimulate the de-radicalization processes. Historically, much of the focus on these topics has been highly securitized and militarized; however, currently, there is an increasing consensus that there is also need for more community-based and 'soft' approaches. This handbook includes new perspectives on the softer approaches by non-state actors such as civil society groups, municipalities, religious actors and so on. The volume thereby sheds light on the various debates around different approaches to and thinking around de-radicalization processes in addition to bringing forward new and less well-known perspectives, not only from a theoretical angle, but also from a more practical perspective in relation to experiences and lessons learned from specific groups and areas.

This handbook will be of much interest to students of deradicalisation, counter-terrorism, political violence, political extremism, security studies and IR in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Stig Jarle Hansen and Stian Lid

PART I: Approaches to De-radicalization

2. Defining Deradicalisation

3. Historical Perspectives

4. The role of staircase models in de-radicalization: are they obsolete?

5.Clandestine networks, semi-territorial and territorial organizations: Consequences for De-radicalisation

6. Psychological approaches to de-radicalization

7. Returning foreign fighters

8. The role of global and regional organizations in de-radicalization processes

9. The role of the civil society in de-radicalization processes

10. The role of municipalities and local government in de- radicalization processes

11. The role of Religious actors in de-radicalization

12. Gender and de-radicalization

13. Deradicalisation work in prisons

14. Online De-radicalization

15. Bringing theory into practice

PART II: Case Studies

16. EU

17. African Union

18. Russia and the Caucasus

19. USA

20. Benelux/France

21. UK

22. Scandinavia

23. China

24. The Levant

25. Israel-Palestine

26. South Asia

27. The Horn of Africa

28. West Africa

29. Latin America

30. Conclusions

About the Editors

Stig J. Hansen is Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo. He researches organized crime, religion and politics (including religious terror), and political theory and is author of Al Shabaab in Somalia (2016) and Horn Sahel and Rift: Fault-lines of the African Jihad (2016).

Stian Lid is a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo. He researches the prevention of crime and radicalization issues.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology