The uncovering of the murders committed by the Neo-Nazi cell „National Socialist Underground“, the continuously high share of xenophobic offenses, but also far-right and xenophobic attitudes among the total population indicate that dealing with right-wing extremism and xenophobia in Germany is as relevant as ever. Pedagogical work is currently being challenged by recent phenomena such as islamophobia, antiziganism or new forms of antisemitism. But also the growing relevance of new media for young people’s information and communication behaviour on the one hand and for far-right recruitment efforts on the other pose new challenges to pedagogical practice.

In addition, other antidemocratic and misanthropic phenomena – at present particularly (violent) salafism and jihadism – have also become a focus of pedagogical work in Germany. Especially such developments represent new and specific challenges to social workers and youth workers, the more so as well-founded knowledge on these phenomena is still rare in the German context.

The purpose of the Research Unit for the Prevention of Right-Wing Extremism and Radicalization is to generate and provide professional knowledge for academia, pedagogical work and politics. Its special focus lies on youth-specific dimensions of the phenomena and on practical knowledge gained from pedagogical work.

The project’s activities include:

  • systematic compilations of existing finding
  • qualitative research on issues relevant to pedagogical work
  • stimulating national and international exchange across professions and disciplines
  • transmission of knowledge and findings to pedagogical work
  • providing advice to pedagogical work, politics and other relevant professions

The Reseach Unit has been working on issues in the field of right-wing extremism and xenophobia since the year 2000. Starting in 2011, it has also focused on (violent) Islamist radicalization processes, at first in a sub-project. From 2015, both fields of research will be combined in one joint project under the name of Research Unit for Prevention of Right-Wing Extremism and Radicalization.

The findings of the project are available as print and digital copies. Project publications can be downloaded here, other relevant publications of the team members can be found here

Publications

Schau, Katja/Langner, Joachim/Glaser, Michaela/Figlestahler, Carmen (forthcoming): Confronting Anti-Democratic and Violent Islamism. An Overview of Developments and Challenges in a New Pedagogical Field

Glaser, Michaela (forthcoming): Right-wing and Islamist Extremism among Young People – Commonalities and Specifics in Pedagogical Responses

Glaser, Michaela (2018): Right-wing extremism and Islamist extremism in adolescence. similarities, particularities and conclusions for pedagogical practice. In: Chronicle. H. 1, S. 38–42

Glaser, Michaela/Greuel, Frank/Herding, Maruta/Hohnstein, Sally/Langner, Joachim (2017): Young and radical. Political Violence during Adolescence. München: Deutsches Jugendinstitut

Glaser, Michaela (2017): "Extremist, militant, radicalised“. In Glaser, Michaela/Greuel, Frank/Herding, Maruta/Hohnstein, Sally/Langner, Joachim (Eds.): Young and Radical. Political Violence during Adolescence. München: Deutsches Jugendinstitut, S. 7–11

Glaser, Michaela/Greuel, Frank/Hohnstein, Sally (2017): Preventing entry, assisting exit. In: Glaser, Michaela/Greuel, Frank/Herding, Maruta/Hohnstein, Sally/Langner, Joachim (Eds.): Young and Radical. Political Violence during Adolescence. München: Deutsches Jugendinstitut, S. 17–22

Herding, Maruta/Langner, Joachim (2017): How adolescents become Islamists. In: Glaser, Michaela/Greuel, Frank/Herding, Maruta/Hohnstein, Sally/Langner, Joachim (Eds.): Young and Radical. Political Violence during Adolescence. München: Deutsches Jugendinstitut, S. 12–16

Glaser, Michaela (2016): Disengagement and Deradicalization Work with Girls and Young Women – Experiences form Germany. In: Köttig, Michaela/Bitzan, Renate/Petö, Andrea (Eds.): Gender and Far Right Politics in Europe. Houndmills/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, S. 337–349

Glaser, Michaela/Greuel, Frank/Hohnstein, Sally (2016): Preventing entry, assisting exit. In: Trumlr, DJI international

Herding, Maruta/Langner, Joachim (2016): How adolescents become Islamists. In: Tumblr, DJI international

Herding, Maruta (2013): Inventing the Muslim Cool. Islamic Youth Culture in Western Europe. “Globaler lokaler Islam“ Series. Bielefeld: transcript

Herding, Maruta (2013): Hip Hop Bismillah. Subcultural Worship of Allah in Western Europe. In: Salhi, Kamal (Eds.): Culture and Identity in the Muslim World. Performance, Politics and Piety. London: Routledge, S. 230–260

Herding, Maruta (2013): The Borders of Virtual Space. New Information Technologies and European Islamic Youth Culture. Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Special Issue: Networking the Globe – New Technologies and the Postcolonial. (ed. by Stadtler, Florian/Laursen, Ole Birk/Rock, Brian), 49. Jg., H. 5, S. 552–564

International Expert Groups

The contribution of youth work to preventing marginalization and violent radicalisation. A practical toolbox for youth workers & Recommendations for policy makers. Results of the expert group set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth for 2016–2018 []. Luxembourg, Publication Office the European Union [project member was member of the expert group] paper

Conference Papers

Figlestahler, Carmen/Langner, Joachim (29.08.2018): Religion as a Challenge in Preventing Radicalization? Empirical Insights from Germany. Vortrag. Konferenz „Migration, Social Transformation, and Education for Democratic Citizenship.“ Symposium „Religion as a Challenge in Preventing Islamist Radicalization.“ EARLI SIG 13 - European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction - Special Interest Group on Moral and Democratic Learning/InZentIM - Interdisciplinary Centre for Integration and Migration Research. Essen, Germany

Hohnstein, Sally/Glaser, Michaela (21.08.2018): Countering (Violent) Political Extremism Online. A Holistic Perspective. Conference Paper. VOX-Pol Third Biennial Conference „Violent Extremism, Terrorism, and the Internet. Present and Future Trends.“ Session 6. „Countering Online Extremism 2.“ VOX-Pol Network of Excellence. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. here

Herding, Maruta/Frank, Anja (06.07.2018): "Let's talk about Religion, not God". Secular Worldviews among Young People of Muslim Background. Conference Paper „Worldviews in World View. Particularizing Secularism, Secularity and Nonreligion.“ Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network/King's College London. London, UK

Glaser, Michaela/Langner, Joachim/Schuhmacher, Nils (04.03.2017): Right-wing and Islamist extremism among young people. A comparison of attraction and involvement processes. Conference Paper „International Dissidence: Rule and Resistance in a Globalized World.“ „Radicalizing Aims, Radicalizing Means? Comparing Radicalization Processes.“ Exzellenzcluster "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen" an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Media

Herding, Maruta (19.11.2014): Thinking Allowed. Sociological discussion programme, presented by Laurie Taylor. Issue on „Islamic Youth Culture in Western Europe.“ BBC Radio 4. here

Contact

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