chapter  4
Culture, social climate and catalyst events
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Introduction Until now we have concentrated on prejudice, deprivation and discrimination as potential radicalizing factors for affected groups. In this chapter, we explore three more aspects that may play a contributory role: culture, social climate and catalyst events. Research has shown that a person’s native culture, or the cultural values and attitudes they subscribe to, can play a role in processes of radicalization. We are particularly concerned with the specific aspects of culture and cultural values that influence such processes indirectly. We discuss a variety of specific cultural values, such as the power differentials within a society. Social climate is related to economic as well as social circumstances, and it is the second factor we will discuss. Finally, we will turn our attention to catalyst or amplifying events, such as violence directed against a relative or acquaintance, which can encourage or magnify radicalization and extremism.