In Search of a Phenomenological Model of Radicalization Open Access

Brooks, Adrian (Spring 2018)

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The field of phenomenology is primarily concerned with understanding the limitations and values of individual perspectives. Radicalization is a process which is largely dependent upon individuals. Therefore, a phenomenological analysis of the radicalization process may be an effective method for understanding how to hinder radicalization. This could prove particularly valuable considering the recent increase in political violence within the United States. This work develops and proposes a phenomenological model of radicalization based upon accounts from the Italian Years of Lead, a period of increased political violence committed by far-right and far-left militants between the late 1960’s and early 1980’s, under the assumption that the general political landscape of Italy at this time and contemporary America are sufficiently similar.

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Preface                                                               1

Chapter One: The Phenomenology of Violence                                                                                       7

Chapter Two:  Radicalization and Political Violence of the Far-Left                                                  27

Chapter Three: Radicalization and Political Violence of the Far-Right                                              47

Modern Applications: Looking Forward                                                                                                  67

Notes                                                                                                                                                             73

Bibliography                                                                                                                                                 74

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