Handbook of Deradicalization and Disengagement.

June 30, 2021

Can someone be deradicalized? How does it work in practice in different countries? Does it work differently for right-wing radicalization than for religiously inspired radicalization? These questions are central to the Routledge Handbook of Deradicalisation and Disengagement. Amy-Jane Gielen of Evidence Based Work (EBW) is one of the co-authors.

Radicalization and violent extremism are major international and societal challenges. With the advent of new extremist groups, it is important to understand how individuals exit these groups and how they can deradicalize. Whereas in the past the focus was mainly on security and criminal and/or military intervention, the approach of this handbook is more on "soft" approaches from (government) professionals and communities.

The handbook consists of three parts:

  • Definitions, background and theories on deradicalization and disengagement
  • Actors
  • Regional case studies

Amy-Jane Gielen wrote the book chapter "Deradicalization and disengagement in the Benelux: a variety of local approaches. This chapter focuses on how local tailoring in multidisciplinary case consultations is the red herring of deradicalization and disengagement in the Benelux.

Learn more

  • The Routledge Handbook of Deradicalisation and Disengagement can be ordered from Routledge.
  • Check out here the book presentation hosted online on June 30, 2021 by ICCT, in which Dr. Stig Jarle Hansen, Dr. Daniel Koehler and Dr. Amy-Jane Gielen commented on the book.

Would you also like to learn more about how to weave the insights from this handbook into the person-centered approach? Then fill in the contact form to discuss this personally with Amy-Jane.