April 08, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Clark McCauley will give the talk, "Models and Mechanisms of Political Radicalization," on Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by the Bucknell chapter of Psi Chi psychology national honor society.

According to McCauley, "The predominant form of intergroup conflict today is not interstate war but asymmetric conflict between states and non-state groups.

"Terrorism is an extreme form of non-state violence that depends on moving normal individuals to sympathy and justification for violence.

"This presentation will describe how polls of U.K. and U.S. Muslims can track radicalization in support of jihadi terrorism and test theories about the origins of radicalization."

McCauley also will describe mechanisms of radicalization that operate at individual, group, and mass levels.

Professor of psychology at Bryn Mawr College, McCauley is co-director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict and co-director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. 

Co-author of Why Not Kill Them All? The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder, he is editor of The Psychology of Ethnic and Cultural Conflict.

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Posted April 8, 2008