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Types of Radicalization

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TYPES OF RADICALIZATION

Radicalization leading to violence may take diverse forms depending on the context and time period, and may be associated with different causes or ideologies.

A form of radicalization associated with fascism, racialism/racism, supremacism and ultranationalism. This form of radicalization is characterized by the violent defence of a racial, ethnic or pseudo-national identity, and is also associated with radical hostility towards state authorities, minorities, immigrants and/or left-wing political groups.
A form of radicalization associated with a political interpretation of religion and the defence, by violent means, of a religious identity perceived to be under attack (via international conflicts, foreign policy, social debates, etc.). Any religion may spawn this type of violent radicalization.
A form of radicalization that focuses primarily on anti-capitalist demands and calls for the transformation of political systems considered responsible for producing social inequalities, and that may ultimately employ violent means to further its cause. This category includes anarchist, maoist, trotskyist and marxist–leninist groups that use violence to advocate for their cause.
A form of radicalization essentially motivated by a sole issue. This category includes: radical environmental or animal rights groups, anti-abortion extremists, certain anti-gay/anti-feminist movements, and ultra-individualist or independent extremist movements (such as Free Men on the Land and sovereign citizens) that use violence to promote their causes. Mass murderers whose motivations are partially or wholly ideological may also fall under this category.
  • 10 September 2018
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Launch of the project “My story”

“My story” The Centre launched the project entitled “My Story“, which consists of a series of anonymous audiovisual testimonials made by individuals and families supported by the CPRLV. In order to create awareness of the consequences of radicalization leading to violence, some of the people supported by the CPRLV tell their story, for the first […]
  • 4 September 2018
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Captives (Embrigadés) in Montreal

Launch of the play Captives (Embrigadés) in Montreal The collective Les Pentures will launch its project, Captives (Embrigadés), for a tour in Montreal. Following a two-year-long collaboration between the CPRLV and the collective Les Pentures, the play Captives (Embrigadés) was created as an education and prevention tool geared towards school and community environments. Drawing its […]
  • 31 August 2018
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Awareness-raising workshop offered in Trois-Rivières

The Centre led an awareness workshop to a group of young people at the Maison de jeunes Le Transit in Trois-Rivières in order to learn to how to fight social exclusion through prosocial engagement. This workshop was offered by the team behind the “What If I Was Wrong? When We Talk, We Learn! » campaign.