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Routledge Handbook of Deradicalisation and Disengagement

A new book co-edited by Stig Jarle Hansen offers an overview of the historical settings, theoretical debates, national approaches and practical strategies to deradicalisation and disengagement. 

Routledge Handbook of Deradicalisation and Disengagement

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The Routledge Handbook of Deradicalisation and Disengagement offers an overview of the historical settings, theoretical debates, national approaches and practical strategies to deradicalisation and disengagement.

Radicalisation and violent extremism are a major global challenge, and as new and violent extremist groups and environments emerge, there is an increasing need for knowledge about how individuals physically exit these movements and how to change their mindset. Historically, much of the focus on these topics has been highly securitised and militarised; by contrast, this volume explores the need for more community-based and 'soft' approaches. The handbook includes discussions from both right-wing/left-wing political and religiously inspired deradicalisation processes.

The handbook is organised into three parts:

  • Definitions, backgrounds and theories;
  • Actors;
  • Regional case studies.

This handbook will be of much interest to students of deradicalisation, counter-terrorism, political violence, political extremism, security studies and IR in general.


1. Introduction: Why do we need a handbook on disengagement and deradicalisation? Stig Jarle Hansen and Stian Lid

Part I: Definitions, Backgrounds and Theories

2. Terminology and Definitions Daniel Koehler

3. Concepts and practices; a brief history of disengagement and deradicalization Stig Jarle Hansen

4. Exploring the Viability of Phase-Based Models to (De)Radicalization Liesbeth Mann, Lars Nickolson, Allard R. Feddes, Bertjan Doosje, and Fathali M. Moghaddam

5. Psychological approaches to terrorist rehabilitation: Direct and indirect mechanisms of deradicalization David Webber, Marina Chernikova, Erica Molinario, and Arie W. Kruglanski

6. Gender, deradicalization and disengagement Jennifer Philippa Eggert

7. Deradicalization or DDR? The challenges emerging from variations over forms of territorial control Stig Jarle Hansen

8. "Welcome" Home: Deradicalisation of Jihadi Foreign Fighters Arie Perliger

Part II: Actors

9. Prison-based Deradicalization: What do we need to determine what works? Jessica Stern and Paige Pascarelli

10. Care and control: local governments’ role in disengagement, deradicalisation and reintegration initiatives Stian Lid

11. When trust is essential: Civil actors’ role in deradicalization and disengagement initiatives Tina Wilchen Christensen

12. Deradicalisation Through Religious Education Rached Ghannouchi

13. United Nations and Counter-Terrorism: Strategy, Structure and Prevention of Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism: A Practitioner’s View Hans-Jakob Schindler

14. Preventing Radicalisation and Enhancing Disengagement in the European Union,Christian Kaunert, Sarah Léonard and Ikrom Yakubov

15. African Union initiatives to counter terrorism and develop deradicalisation strategies Anneli Botha

Part III: Regional Case Studies

16. Deradicalisation and disengagement in the Benelux: A variety of local approaches Amy-Jane Gielen

17. Desistance and Disengagement Programmes in the Prevent Strand of the UK’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy: A Public Health Analysis Mohamed S. Elshimi

18. Promoting Disengagement from Violent Extremism in Scandinavia: What, Whom, How? Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen and Jakob Ilum

19. De-radicalisation: China’s Panacea for Conflict Resolution in Xinjiang Bhavna Singh

20. Deradicalization and Disengagement: Context, Actors, Strategies and Approaches in South Asia Bahadar Nawab

21. Psycho-social and Islamic Challenge Approaches to in-Prison Treatment of Militant Jihadis Anne Speckhard and Ardian Shajkovci

22. The Politics of Deradicalisation in Israel/Palestine Lihi Ben Shitrit

23. Disengagement and Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism in the Horn of Africa: An Analysis of Contemporary Approaches and Discussion of the Role Disengagement can play in Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism Martine Zeuthen

24. Turning the Page on Extremism: Deradicalization in the North American Context Mubin Shaikh, Hicham Tiflati, Phil Gurski, and Amarnath Amarasingam

25. Deradicalization and Disengagement in Latin America Irina Chindea

26. Conclusion Stig Jarle Hansen and Stian Lid

Published 8. October 2019 - 13:42 - Updated 8. October 2019 - 14:10