This article aims to address the radicalization process of young Western Muslims from a sociological point of view, using Merton’s strain theory as an interpretative factor and taking into account its main political, economic, structural and social characteristics. 182 The socio-economic background of people of migrant origin will therefore be analysed, considering the basic differences between generations (also in terms of expectations) and between natives and migrants. The feelings of relative deprivation linked to the availability of a radical religious ideology represent two important (but not the only ones) interpretative factors that will be employed to understand radicalization pathways. At this aim, the concept of radicalization will be examined both semantically and in its operational implications which have influenced most counter-radicalization policies, whose salient aspects will be illustrated. In the end, a brief risk profile of Italy on radicalization trends and possible terrorist attacks will be proposed, considering its “immunity” an extremely interesting feature with respect to the theme here developed.
|Titolo:||Reading religious radicalization by Merton's strain theory|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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