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Full Citation APA: Moghaddam, F. M. (2005). A staircase to terrorism: A psychological
exploration. American Psychologist, 60 (2), 161-169.
Fathhali Moghaddam’s article is a perfect analysis of a theory that describes radicalization
as a linear process that advances through a pathway leading to extreme violence. Moghaddam
(2005) describes radicalization by use of metaphorical terms as an ascent up narrowing staircases
from the ground to the fifth floor each floor with a distinct level of commitment. The author
identifies relative deprivation, individual perceptions of injustices, as well as morality as a basis
for his explanation of why some people ascend the stair to the fifth floor, a level that represents
terrorism (Moghaddam, 2005). The author furthers his argument by finding out, in comparative
terms, why other people with the same starting conditions do not progress to the top of the
staircases. I find this article quite useful in understanding the psychology of terrorism compared
to Max Taylor and John Horgan’s conceptual framework for understanding psychological
processes in the development of terrorists. Much like Fathhali Moghaddam’s article, Taylor and
John Horgan presents a critical perspective in understanding the psycholog...
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