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Resisting Radicalisation?

Understanding Young Peoples Journeys through Radicalising Milieus

Edited by Hilary Pilkington

324 pages, 29 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-008-4 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (October 2023)

ISBN  978-1-80539-012-1 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Not Yet Published (October 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80539-009-1 eBook Not Yet Published

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“This is an important and timely work, addressing an understudied aspect of radicalisation: non-radicalisation, and its successful resistance, and based on original data from a large-scale international project, DARE. The book offers a complex understanding of the concept of radicalisation.” • Elizabeth Pearson, Royal Holloway University of London


This landmark volume of extensive empirical research across Europe explains how young people become vulnerable to radicalisation and violent extremism.

Offering a critical perspective on the concept of radicalisation, this volume views it from the perspective of social actors who engage in radicalising milieus but have not crossed the threshold into violent extremism. It brings together contributions conducted as part of a cross-European (including France, Germany, Russia, Turkey, the UK, and beyond) study of young people's engagement in ‘extreme right’ and ‘Islamist’ milieus.

It argues that radicalisation is best understood as a relational concept reflecting a social process rooted in relational inequalities and shaped by multiple social interactions, which not only facilitate but also constrain radicalisation.

From the Introduction:
The DARE research project, and the contributions to this volume that draw on its findings, start from an understanding of radicalisation as a societal phenomenon whose processes can, and should, be studied empirically not only through retrospectively constructed narratives of those who have reached its ‘endpoint’ (manifest in support for or participation in political violence) but through engagement with individuals at different points in their journeys via social settings where radical(ising) messages and agents are encountered.

Hilary Pilkington is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is author of Loud and Proud: Passion and Politics in the English Defence League (Manchester University Press, 2016), and was awarded the BBC Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award in 2017. She has coordinated major international research projects including the H2020 DARE (Dialogue about Radicalisation and Equality) project

Subject: SociologyPolitical and Economic Anthropology
Area: Europe


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