Being mainstream, being radical: how do young people understand radicalism in Croatia

Bovan, Kosta and Kovačić, Marko and Vučković, Milica (2018) Being mainstream, being radical: how do young people understand radicalism in Croatia. Šolsko polje, 29 (5-6). pp. 59-83. ISSN 1581-6036 (Print), 1581-6044 (Online), 1581-6052 (CD)

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Abstract

IN ENGLISH: The innovation of this paper lies in the fact that for the first time young people's perceptions about radicalism were studied. Encouraged with the unclear and confusing use of the term radicalisation, the general lack of empirical studies on the topic of radicalisation (Borum, 2011; Dalgaard-Nielsen, 2010), and relying on the existing literature which suggests that young people have been particularly prone to radicalisation (Özerdem & Podder, 2011; Costanza, 2015), we conducted empirical research to reveal what young people in Croatia understand under the term “radical” and what they perceive as elementary characteristics of radical individuals. One of the incentives for this research was to see what young people understand as being radical and what is mainstream from their perspective. To get these answers we conducted six focus groups among young people between 15 and 30 from five Croatian cities and towns. The research confirmed that the radicalisation process is highly context dependent, and it pointed to the presence of a corrosive apathy among Croatian youth. Furthermore, the findings suggested that both mainstream and radical young people were viewed equally negative. In addition, describing a radical person, young people in Croatia confirmed that radicalisation has many different faces and that it can also be non-violent. Therefore, this paper could serve as a starting point for researchers particularly interested in non-violent radicalisation in non-Western contexts. --------------- IN CROATIAN: U ovome su članku po prvi put istraživane percepcije mladih o radikalizmu. Potaknuti nejasnom i dvosmislenom upotrebom termina radikalizacija, općenitim nedostatkom empirijskih istraživanja na ovu temu (Borum, 2011; Dalgaard-Nielsen, 2010), te oslanjajući se na postojeću literaturu koja upućuje na mlade kao osobito podložne radikalizaciji (Özerdem & Podder, 2011; Costanza, 2015), proveli smo empirijsko istraživanje s ciljem otkrivanja što mladi u Hrvatskoj podrazumijevaju pod terminom „radikalan“ i što percipiraju kao osnovna obilježja radikalnih pojedinaca. Jedan od poticaja istraživanju bila je želja za uvidom u ono što mladi iz svoje perspektive shvaćaju kao radikalno, odnosno kao mainstream. Da bismo dobili odgovore, proveli smo šest fokus grupa među mladima starosti od 15 do 30 godina iz pet hrvatskih gradova. Istraživanje je potvrdilo da je proces radikalizacije izrazito ovisan o kontekstu te je ukazao na prisutnost apatije među mladima u Hrvatskoj. Nadalje, nalazi upućuju da mladi u Hrvatskoj podjednako negativno percipiraju i mainstream, i radikalne mlade. Također, opisujući radikalnog pojedinca, mladi su potvrdili da radikalizacija ima mnogo različitih lica te da može postojati i u nenasilnom obliku. Stoga, rad može poslužiti kao polazište za daljnja istraživanja, posebno ona koja se bave nenasilnom radikalizacijom u nezapadnim kontekstima.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Language: English. - Title in Croatian: Od mainstreama do radikalnoga: kako mladi vide radikalnost u Hrvatskoj.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Youth radicalisation, radicalism, mainstream, youth in Croatia (radikalizacija mladih, radikalizam, mainstream, mladi u Hrvatskoj)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Depositing User: Karolina
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 13:30
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2019 13:30
URI: http://idiprints.knjiznica.idi.hr/id/eprint/829

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