Sunday, August 6, 2017

Prejudice contributes to radicalization

It makes sense. Humans are a social species so if a society isolates some groups (because of religion, skin color, etc.), those individuals may feel marginalized, provoking a radical backlash. It's basically bullying at a community scale. Here's what recent research found:
"In what has also been referred to as a vicious cycle of prejudice, we find that lower levels of openness to diversity are associated with lower levels of cultural integration," she said. "Difficulty integrating, in turn, shapes support for extremism. Our findings therefore suggest that radicalization is not merely a process that takes place within individuals, but that the larger context of reception plays a crucial role."

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