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On leaving criminal organizations

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Bovenkerk, Frank

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Abstract "Terrorist organizations, groups, cells or just ‘bunches of guys’ are systematically compared with other types of criminal or deviant organizations: organized crime such as the mafia, street gangs and religious sects. Of course there are many differences between them, especially where motivation is concerned, but they share the common factor that it is almost impossible or very difficult for individual members to step out. However, de-radicalization may follow analogous paths: aging out, accepting exit programs in prison or disengaging ideologically. The article discusses the obstacles that a government strategy that encourages desistance from terrorism by stepping out may encounter. It may be sufficient and more realistic to discourage radicals from using violence than to try to de-radicalize them by using counternarrative techniques." [author's abstract]
Classification Criminal Sociology, Sociology of Law
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 261-276
Journal Crime, Law and Social Change (2011)
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)