In their new book, Arie W. Kruglanski, Jocelyn J. Bélanger, and Rohan Gunaratna, present a new model of radicalization. The authors argue that radicalization is fueled by three main determinants: The first determinant is the need: individuals’ universal desire for personal significance. The second determinant is narrative, which guides members in their “quest for significance.” The third determinant is the network, or membership in one’s group that validates the collective narrative and dispenses rewards like respect and veneration to members who implement it. The Three Pillars of Radicalization: Needs, Narratives, and Networks reinterprets prior theories of radicalization and examines major issues in deradicalization and recidivism, which will only become more relevant as communities continue to negotiate the threat of extremism.
New Book: The Three Pillars of Radicalization