Applying Psychosocial Theories of Terrorism to the Radicalization Process: A Case Study Approach Abstract This paper contains an application of psychosocial theories to the process of radicalization among Muslim militants (jihadis). The argument is as follows: (a) Jihadi radicalization is primarily a psychosocial rather than historical, theological, or political process; (b) the core psychosocial phenomenon of jihadi radicalization is either homosociality or outright homosexuality; and (c) the post-radicalization activities of the jihadi can be seen as an attempt to (1) manage the stigma, (2) reduce the cognitive dissonance, and (3) achieve the Rosenbergian attitude stability associated with being Muslim and gay at the same time. The...The end:
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