chapter  8
From extremism to violence: small group processes, social support and justification
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We will also look at the wider context in which the group operates. Radicalization and terrorism often attract social support within a community. That can be moral backing, but it may also take the form of financial and other rewards. And the level of support can be so great that it effectively creates social pressure to carry out attacks in revenge for perceived past injustices. Finally, we examine the processes of justification at play in the transition from ‘peaceful’ radicalization to terrorism, such as denying responsibility for the situation and dehumanizing the ‘enemy’, and also explore the accompanying emotions.