Radikalisierung als hegemoniales Paradigma: Eine empiriebasierte kritische Bestandsaufnahme

Nadine Jukschat, Katharina Leimbach

Abstract


Drawing on experiences within the research alliance "Radicalization
within the Digital Age” we show how radicalization became a hegemonic
paradigm in research as well as in practice. Our contribution
is based on qualitative interviews with experts of radicalization
prevention programs on one hand, and on the other hand on qualitative
in-depth interviews with (former) radicalized persons. Under
the reflection of our own research practice, we analyze the radicalization
paradigm as a consequence of securitization and show how
the interaction of political interests and academic discourse of radicalization
are affecting the interpretations of practitioners. The
emerging interdependencies are a reason to plead for multi-paradigmatic
research. Drawing on alternative perspectives, radicalization
cannot be understood only as an individual and pathologic behavior
of single persons, but as a result of special social contexts and
discourses.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.6094/behemoth.2019.12.2.1023