Radicalization: The origins and limits of a contested concept

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The concept of radicalization has been less helpful or adequate at explaining and countering terrorism than its early advocates envisaged fifteen years ago. Yet, since it has become a household concept, we can’t escape its use. In order to minimize its drawbacks, it is useful to remember its intricacies and its multiple layers.

Rik Coolsaet (Radicalisation in Belgium and the Netherlands: Critical Perspectives on Violence and Security)