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Resisting Radicalisation?

Understanding Young People's Journeys through Radicalising Milieus

Edited by Hilary Pilkington

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324 pages, 29 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-008-4 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (November 2023)

ISBN  978-1-80539-012-1 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (November 2023)

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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 conducted across Europe explains how, and why, young people become engaged in radical(ising) milieus but also resist radicalisation into 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 for the most part have not crossed the threshold into violent extremism. It brings together contributions conducted as part of a cross-European (including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, 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 but also shaped by interactional and situational dynamics, which not only facilitate but also constrain radicalisation.

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

Resisting Radicalisation? Edited by Hilary Pilkington is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from Knowledge Unlatched.

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OA ISBN: 978-1-80539-009-1


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