What a difference two years make: patterns of radicalization in a Philippine jail

Arie W. Kruglanski*, Michele J. Gelfand, Anna Sheveland, Maxim Babush, Malkanthi Hetiarachchi, Michele Ng Bonto, Rohan Gunaratna

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Recent high-profile terrorist attacks have led to attempts by social scientists to investigate the processes behind radicalization. Prisons have been identified as possible breeding grounds for radical extremism. However, the evidence so far is based almost solely on case studies. The research provides one of the first quantitative assessments of prison radicalization with directly measured extremist attitudes among detained terrorism suspects. The findings suggest that the prisoners indeed radicalized over time. This trend was predicted partially by demographic variables such as marital status, and psychological factors such as the need for cognitive closure (NFCC) and social dominance orientation (SDO).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-36
Number of pages24
JournalDynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward Terrorism and Genocide
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • group dynamics
  • prison radicalization
  • radicalization
  • significance-loss


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