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Routledge Handbook of Violent Extremism and Resilience

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ISBN 9781032211695
May 11, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

At a time of great global uncertainty and instability, communities face fracturing from the increasing influence of extremist movements hostile to democratic and multicultural norms. Europe and the West have grown increasingly polarised in recent years, beset with financial crises, political instability, the rise of malicious actors and irregular violence, and new forms of media and social media. These factors have enabled the spread of new forms of extremism and suggest a growing need for a response sensitive to inequalities and divisions in wider society – a task made even more urgent by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Routledge Handbook of Violent Extremism and Resilience brings together research conducted throughout Europe and the world, to analyse various articulations of violent extremism and consider the impact that such groups and networks have had on the wellbeing of communities and societies. It examines different theories, factors and national case studies of extremism, polarisation and societal fragmentation, drilling deep into national examples to map trends across Europe, North America and Australasia, to provide regional and state-level comparative analysis. It also offers a thorough exploration of resilience – a recent addition to counter-extremism policy and practice – to consider how it has come to play this increasingly central role in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE), the limitations and opportunities of such approaches, and how it could be shared, developed, problematised and deployed in response to violence and polarisation.

The Handbook details new trends in both violent extremism and counter-extremism response, within this increasingly fractured global context. It critically explores the latest theories of community violence, extremism, polarisation and resilience, mapping them across case study countries. In doing so, it presents new findings for students, researchers, practitioners and policymakers seeking to understand these new patterns of polarisation and extremism and develop community-driven responses.

Table of Contents

Part I: Core Issues on Violent Extremism and Resilience

1. Violent Extremism and Resilience in the 21st Century

Richard McNeil-Willson, Anna Triandafyllidou and Vivian Gerrand

2. Assessing our Understanding of (Violent) Extremism

Richard McNeil-Willson

3. Resilience to Violent Extremism at the Crossroads

Michele Grossman

4. European Trends in Polarisation and Resilience

Sheryl Prentice and Paul Taylor

5. Young People, Radicalisation, and Resilience

Vivian Gerrand

6. Online Extremism and Resilience

Amy-Louise Watkin

Part II: Country Cases

Western Europe

7. France

Francesca Scrinzi

8. United Kingdom

Tahir Abbas, Richard McNeil-Willson and Lianne Vostermans

Northern Europe

9. The Netherlands

Maria Vliek and Martijn de Koning

10. Norway

Rune Ellefsen and Martin M. Sjøen

Central and Eastern Europe

11. Germany

Fabian Virchow

12. Hungary

Zsuzsanna Vidra and Michael C. Zeller

13. Poland

Michael C. Zeller and Jana Hrckova


Southern Europe

14. Italy

Francesca Scrinzi

15. Greece

Eda Gemi

Australasia and North America

16. Australia

Michele Grossman and Vivian Gerrand

17. New Zealand

Jacinta Carroll

18. Canada

Sara K. Thompson

19. United States of America

Brian Hughes

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Richard McNeil-Willson is a research fellow in the field of terrorism and political violence at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University, Netherlands. His work critically examines the interconnections between groups labelled ‘extremist’ and counter-extremism legislation, as well as the impact of counterterrorism on democratic and human rights. He is also a former Max Weber research fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, and has worked on several European Commission projects – including the H2020-funded DRIVE project, exploring the role of social exclusion in radicalisation in north-west Europe, as main researcher for the H2020-funded Building Resilience against Violent Extremism and Polarisation (BRaVE) project, and as project co-instigator for the Erasmus+ project Counterterrorism and Safeguarding in response to Islamic State (CASIS). He has also advised the European Commission directly in developing policy responses to far-right violence.

Anna Triandafyllidou holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), Canada. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the governance of migration and asylum; nationalism and identity issues; and overall, the contemporary challenges of migration and integration across different world regions. Her authored books include What is Europe? (with Ruby Gropas, Second Edition, Routledge, 2022), Migration and Return in Southeastern Europe (with E. Gemi, Routledge, 2021), Migrant Smuggling (with T. Maroukis, 2012), and Immigrants and National Identity in Europe (Routledge 2001). She recently edited a volume on Migration and Pandemics (2022). Her recent journal publications have appeared in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2022), Comparative Migration Studies (2021; 2022),  Environment and Planning A: Economy and Society (2022), Ethnicities (2022), International Migration (2021), and Nations and Nationalism (2020).