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Signs of Concern about Islamic and Right-Wing Extremism on a Helpline against Radicalization

Journal article
Authors Jennie Sivenbring
Published in Journal for Deradicalization
Volume spring 2019
Issue 18
Pages 108-145
ISSN 2362-9849
Publication year 2019
Published at Segerstedt Institute
Pages 108-145
Language en
Keywords Radicalization, Islamic extremism, Right-wing extremism, Support, Helpline
Subject categories Empirical conflict research, Youth research, Family research


Few initiatives and actions for dealing with and countering violent extremism and preventing terrorism focus on offering support to individuals who know people who are at risk of becoming involved in a violent extremist milieu. In Sweden, the non-governmental organization (NGO) Save the Children was commissioned to set up a support helpline specifically for these individuals. This study analyzed 98 documented helpline cases dealing with Islamic and right-wing extremist milieus, and explored what causes concern about radicalization as well as the similarities and differences in the causes of concern for these two milieus. The analysis reveals a somewhat normative radicalization discourse as a concern in Islamic extremism focused on religious practice and potential cognitive factors, while concern in right-wing extremism primarily occurs when a youth has joined an organization or practiced activism.

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Utskriftsdatum: 2019-11-19