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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.
  • 24 August 2022
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New employee!

As Mobilization Project Manager at CPRLV, Cloé Daguet is responsible for developing the organization’s mobilization and partnership strategy. She acts as a resource person for the various groups and regional consultations. Cloé holds a master’s degree in international relations from the École des Hautes Études Internationales in Paris and returned to the University of Sherbrooke […]
  • 10 June 2022
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The CPRLV team is growing!

We are pleased to announce the arrival of three new employees into our team: Vicky Laprade joins the team as a Research Advisor. She provides scientific support for the content of projects and tools developed to prevent violent radicalization and hate-motivated acts. Vicky holds a B.A. and an M.A. in History from the Université du […]