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From Intolerance to Radicalization

The paper deals with the phenomena of intolerance and radicalism from three perspectives. The first is the classification or typologization of such activities (Cross and Snow) by two criteria, namely the levels of social capital between the actors themselves and the level of perceived risks that threaten the actors from the outside. Such a classification has the advantage of simplicity, but suffers from limited reach. This can be expanded by a fourdimensional model (the “cage of radicalization”) that combines the cognitive, political, existential and temporal dimensions of the phenomenon. The third aspect of radicalization is structural violence. The most common reasons for this are social inequality, a confluence of social stratification with another type of stratification (for example ethnic or religious), stratification immobility, intolerance from above (the socalled “Jag syndrome”) and intolerance from below (authoritarian syndrome) – this last reason for structural violence is illustrated with empirical data for Slovenia in comparison with Europe as a whole. The data is worrying.


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Issue No. 280 - Weaponizing Fear / New Feminisms and Fighting Stupidity
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2020 , volume volume 48 , issue issue 280
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