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Dynamics of Political Violence

A Process-Oriented Perspective on Radicalization and the Escalation of Political Conflict

Chares Demetriou Lorenzo Bosi Stefan Malthaner Dr. Hank Johnston



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Ashgate Publishing Limited
12 February 2014
Sociology; Political subversion
Dynamics of Political Violence examines how violence emerges and develops from episodes of contentious politics. By considering a wide range of empirical cases, such as anarchist movements, ethno-nationalist and left-wing militancy in Europe, contemporary Islamist violence, and insurgencies in South Africa and Latin America, this pathbreaking volume of research identifies the forces that shape radicalization and violent escalation. It also contributes to the process-and-mechanism-based models of contentious politics that have been developing over the past decade in both sociology and political science. Chapters of original research emphasize how the processes of radicalization and violence are open-ended, interactive, and context dependent. They offer detailed empirical accounts as well as comprehensive and systematic analyses of the dynamics leading to violent episodes. Specifically, the chapters converge around four dynamic processes that are shown to be especially germane to radicalization and violence: dynamics of movement-state interaction; dynamics of intra-movement competition; dynamics of meaning formation and transformation; and dynamics of diffusion.
By:   Chares Demetriou
Edited by:   Lorenzo Bosi, Stefan Malthaner
Series edited by:   Dr. Hank Johnston
Imprint:   Ashgate Publishing Limited
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   703g
ISBN:   9781409443513
ISBN 10:   1409443515
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   12 February 2014
Audience:   College/higher education ,  College/higher education ,  Primary ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Contents: A contentious politics approach to the explanation of radicalization, Lorenzo Bosi, Chares Demetriou and Stefan Malthaner. Part I Dynamics of Interaction between Oppositional Movements/Groups and the State: The mechanisms of emotion in violent protest, Hank Johnston; A typology of backfire mechanisms, Lasse Lindekilde; Processes of radicalization and de-radicalization in Western European prisons (1965-1986), Christian G. De Vito. Part II Competition and Conflict: Dynamics of Intra-Movement Interaction: Competitive escalation during protest cycles: comparing left-wing and religious conflicts, Donatella della Porta; Intra-movement competition and political outbidding as mechanisms of radicalization in Northern Ireland, 1968-1969, Gianluca De Fazio; The limits of radicalization: escalation and restraint in the South African liberation movement, Devashree Gupta. Part III Dynamics of Meaning Formation: Frames and Beyond: Contentious interactions, dynamics of interpretations, and radicalization: the Islamization of Palestinian nationalism, Eitan Y. Alimi and Hank Johnston; Radical or righteous? Using gender to shape public perceptions of political violence, Jocelyn Viterna; From national event to transnational injustice symbol: the three phases of the Muhammad cartoon controversy, Thomas Olesen. Part IV Dynamics of (Transnational) Diffusion: Radicalization from outside: the role of the anarchist diaspora in coordinating armed actions in Francoa (TM)s Spain, Eduardo Romanos; Protest diffusion and rising political violence in the Turkish a (TM)68 movement: the Arab-Israeli war, a Paris Maya (TM) and the hot summer of 1968, Emin Alper; The evolution of the al-Qaeda-type terrorism: networks and beyond, Ekaterina Stepanova; Conclusion, Martha Crenshaw; Index.

Lorenzo Bosi, European University Institute, Italy, Chares Demetriou, Queen's University Belfast, UK and Stefan Malthaner, Bielefeld University, Germany. Lorenzo Bosi, Chares Demetriou, Stefan Malthaner, Hank Johnston, Lasse Lindekilde, Christian G. De Vito, Donatella della Porta, Gianluca De Fazio, Devashree Gupta, Eitan Y. Alimi, Radical or righteous? Jocelyn Viterna, Thomas Olesen, Eduardo Romanos, Emin Alper, Ekaterina Stepanova, Martha Crenshaw.

Reviews for Dynamics of Political Violence: A Process-Oriented Perspective on Radicalization and the Escalation of Political Conflict

A fascinating, wide-ranging set of arguments about a vital topic. Combining the insights of distinguished scholars with those a new wave of academic analysts, the book offers a good sense of what we know, and of where our research should move in the next phase of our work. An impressive volume.'Richard English, Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews, UK'Dynamics of Political Violence is one of the most stimulating volumes on this topic to appear in recent years. It is theoretically sophisticated, drawing on cutting-edge ideas from the fields of social movements and contentious politics . It is also wide-ranging in its themes and case studies. This is essential reading for anyone interested in political violence and terrorism.' Jeff Goodwin, New York University, USA

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