Pathways to Radicalisation and Violent Extremism

  • Thomas MarquantEmail author
  • Norbert Nedopil


Terrorism, or violent extremism, has become a growing concern within Europe, mostly due to several violent attacks on European soil. But not all extremism leads to violence, and ideologies rarely lead to radicalisation. What we do know, however, is the importance of forensic settings, such as prisons, when it comes to radicalisation as well as violent extremism. As such, this should be of great interest to forensic mental health workers to detect and tackle the issue in individual cases. In this chapter, we focus on the general determinants of radicalisation as well as the more individual pathways of people towards the acceptance of violent interpretations of their ideology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Justice Department BelgiumAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.University of Antwerp, Collaborative Antwerp Psychatric Research Institute (CAPRI)AntwerpBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Forensic PsychiatryPsychiatric Hospital of the University of MunichMunichGermany

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