The Process of Youth Radicalization and its Confrontation in Western Societies

Niki Serri

Student thesis: Master thesis


From Paris to Stockholm terror attacks, violent political extremism and radicalization are on the rise. Immigration youth is the most vulnerable group and potential candidates for joining violent extremist groups. These incidents raise the main research question for this thesis, how local organizations and local communities work can protect youth from radicalization. An array of initiatives, programs and projects have been implemented to protect youth from being radicalized. Yet some initiatives by these organizations may be not efficacious in terms of countering radicalization. This thesis introduces the process of radicalization and how radicalization can be encountered by strengthen civil society and community engagement as well as the importance of cooperation between the state and civil society organization which has been analyzed in this dissertation. Civil society organizations have an integral role in de-radicalization and counter radicalization. Over time and experimentation of projects, there is still much to learn about challenges and how to model a strategy to prevent youth from being radicalized. The major conclusion is to equip youth with knowledge and methodologies in order to forestall radicalization.

EducationsMSocSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2017
Number of pages84
SupervisorsIda Lunde Jørgensen