Extreme Society: Radicalization and Deradicalization in Germany

Extreme political views are experiencing an upward trend. Positions on the right and on the left side of the political spectrum as well as in the context of religious sectarianism positions have become increasingly radi­cal­ized also in Germany. In order to prevent the development towards a “Society of Extremes” and strengthen liberal values and institutions, mechanisms of individual and collective radical­ization patterns have to be assessed. Beside the prevention and the prosecution of criminal offenses, incentives for exiting from extremist groups have to be taken. In this context, the project called „Extreme Society. Radicalization and De­­radicalization in Germany” which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) started its work on July 1, 2017.

The project will systematically compare and assess the state of radicalization research and will offer options for action and for strength­ening democratic values. Under the lead of Prof. Christopher Daase, Prof. Nicole Deitelhoff and Dr Julian Junk, the PRIF team, including Magdalena von Drachenfels, Dr Eva Herschinger, Heribert Meiss, Philipp Offermann und Dr Carmen Wunderlich will coordinate the project and perform a knowledge transfer.

The project has been set up for 18 months and is carried out in collaboration with four research institutes and partners from the practical sphere who will survey the following key topics: Processes of radical­ization on an individual scale will be addressed by the Institute for Inter­disciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG) at Bielefeld University while the Berlin Institute for Integration- and Migration Research (BIM) at Humboldt-University will deal with the radicalization of groups. In what sense even societies can radicalize will be assessed by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), while the Violence Prevention Network will take care of the practical chal­lenges of de­radical­ization. The International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at King's College in London puts a focus on online-radicalization and the National Center for Crime Prevention (NCCP) will survey the issue of evaluation with regards to prevention and deradical­ization measures.

All essential results will be made avail­able to the public in different online and offline formats. Moreover, they will be presented in a closing conference in Berlin which will be conducted along with the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF).

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Radikalisierung und De-Radikalisierung in Deutschland | 2018

von Drachenfels, Magdalena/Offermann, Philipp/Wunderlich, Carmen (Hg.), (2018): Radikalisierung und De-Radikalisierung in Deutschland. Eine gesamtgesellschaftliche Herausforderung.

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Evaluation in der Radikalisierungsprävention: Ansätze und Kontroversen | 2018

Armborst, Andreas/Biene, Janusz/Coester, Marc/Greuel, Frank/Milbradt, Björn/Nehlsen, Inga (2018): Evaluation in der Radikalisierungsprävention: Ansätze und Kontroversen, PRIF Report 11/2018, Frankfurt/M.

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Die Rolle des Internets und sozialer Medien für Radikalisierung und Deradikalisierung | 2018

Neumann, Peter/Winter, Charlie/Meleagrou-Hitchens, Alexander/Ranstorp, Magnus/Vidino, Lorenzo (2018): Die Rolle des Internets und sozialer Medien für Radikalisierung und Deradikalisierung, PRIF Report 10/2018, Frankfurt/M.

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Herausforderung Deradikalisierung: Einsichten aus Wissenschaft und Praxis | 2018

Baaken, Till/Becker, Reiner/Bjørgo, Tore/Kiefer, Michael/Korn, Judy/Mücke, Thomas/Ruf, Maximilian/Walkenhorst, Dennis (2018): Herausforderung Deradikalisierung: Einsichten aus Wissenschaft und Praxis, PRIF Report 9/2018, Frankfurt/M.

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Radikalisierung der Gesellschaft? Forschungsperspektiven und Handlungsoptionen | 2018

Herschinger, Eva/Bozay, Kemal/Decker, Oliver/von Drachenfels, Magdalena/Joppke, Christian/Sinha, Klara (2018): Radikalisierung der Gesellschaft? Forschungsperspektiven und Handlungsoptionen, PRIF Report 8/2018, Frankfurt/M.

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Brückennarrative - Verbindende Elemente für die Radikalisierung von Gruppen | 2018

Meiering, David/Dziri, Aziz/Foroutan, Naika/Teune, Simon/Lehnert, Esther/Abou Taam, Marwan (2018): Brückennarrative - Verbindende Elemente für die Radikalisierung von Gruppen, PRIF Report 7/2018, Frankfurt/M.

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Radikalisierung von Individuen: Ein Überblick über mögliche Erklärungsansätze | 2018

Srowig, Fabian/Roth, Viktoria/Pisoiu, Daniela/Seewald, Katharina/Zick, Andreas (2018): Radikalisierung von Individuen: Ein Überblick über mögliche Erklärungsansätze, PRIF Report 6/2018, Frankfurt/M.

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Was ist Radikalisierung? Präzisierungen eines umstrittenen Begriffs | 2018

Abay Gaspar, Hande/Daase, Christopher/Deitelhoff, Nicole/Junk, Julian/Sold, Manjana (2018): Was ist Radikalisierung? Präzisierungen eines umstrittenen Begriffs, PRIF Report 5/2018, Frankfurt/M.

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Hegemonie und Identität | 2017

Herschinger, Eva (2017): Hegemonie und Identität. Ernesto Laclaus Werk in den Internationalen Beziehungen, in: Marchart, Oliver (Hg.), Ordnungen des Politischen, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 127–143.

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Yes, women too | 2017

Herschinger, Eva (2017): Yes, women too. A glimpse at female terrorism, The Policy Space, 13.7.2017.

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Partners

Institute for Interdisciplinary Conflict and Violence Research (IKG)
Institute for Interdisciplinary Conflict and Violence Research (IKG)
http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/ikg/
Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM)
Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM)
www.bim.hu-berlin.de/en/welcome/
Violence Prevention Network e.V.
Violence Prevention Network e.V.
www.violence-prevention-network.de/en/
International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR)
International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR)
www.icsr.info
National Center for Crime Prevention (NCCP)
National Center for Crime Prevention (NCCP)
www.nzkrim.de/english/
German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF)
German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF)
www.bundesstiftung-friedensforschung.de

Donors

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
www.bmbf.de/en