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When extremists become violent: examining the association between social control, social learning, and engagement in violent extremism

NCJ Number
304710
Journal
Studies in Conflict & Terrorism Volume: 44 Issue: 12 Dated: 2021 Pages: 1104-1124
Author(s)
Michael H. Becker
Date Published
June 2021
Length
21 pages
Annotation

This research examines the relationship between social control and social learning variables on involvement in violent vs. non-violent extremism.

 

Abstract

Using data from the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) database (n = 1,757), this study presents a series of logistic regressions. Among radicalized individuals, weaker social control and stronger social learning of violence were associated violent over non-violent behavior. These results hold across all models. Taken together, these findings support the role of control and learning theories in identifying correlates of violent and non-violent extremism and suggest the possibility of reciprocal and interaction effects for future work. (Publisher Abstract)

 

Date Published: June 1, 2021