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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.
  • 4 December 2020
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New employee at the CPRLV

Mélinda Lacroix recently joined the CPRLV team as Skills Development Advisor. She is currently a Master’s candidate in Political Science at McGill University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Université de Montréal.  Professionally, she is a researcher at the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS) at McGill University and previously […]
  • 4 December 2020
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New employee at the CPRLV

Jaouad Amerzouk recently joined the CPRLV team as Skills Development Advisor. He is currently a PhD student at the Université du Québec à Montréal, holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in the sociology of public problems. In addition, he has completed a graduate program in pedagogy in post-secondary education. In parallel with his studies, he […]
  • 30 November 2020
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Our next webinar !

How extremists play with social networks? Our webinar on December 2 offers a reflection on the mechanisms and strategies deployed online to spread violent and hateful discourses. Registration for the webinar in English from 1:30 pm to 3 pm : https://bit.ly/3lfjo9T