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Dialogue About Radicalisation and Equality

Project description

Understanding and preventing extremism among young people

In an increasingly polarised world, there is widespread concern that young people are being drawn into various forms of extremism. Security-driven studies suggest violent extremists follow a common process of "radicalisation" but are unable to predict who will engage in violent behaviour. On the other hand, the implication that others sharing similar characteristics are potential extremists has stigmatised whole communities with counterproductive consequences. The EU-funded DARE project will switch the focus of attention to young people engaging with radical ideas and milieus but not having crossed the threshold to violence. Through its close-up study of processes driving, but also constraining, young people’s movement towards extremism, the project will generate policy recommendations and practitioner toolkits to prevent violent extremism that draws directly from young people’s experience.


DARE aims to significantly increase understanding of why and how young people become radicalised and our capacity to effectively counter radicalisation. It does this through integrating research, policy and practice objectives in a three stage process of: 1) critical review of existing knowledge, policy and interventions in radicalisation and counter-radicalisation; 2) generation of new empirical research on young people’s encounters with, and responses to, messages and agents of radicalisation; and 3) integration of research findings to develop, pilot and evaluate two educational toolkits and a de-radicalisation programme evaluation tool to enhance the effectiveness of counter-radicalisation interventions.
Through its focus on Islamist and anti-Islam(ist) radicalisation DARE addresses both ‘religious fundamentalism’ and ‘violence and hate crime’ dimensions of the topic call and explores how radicalisation processes interact to produce cumulative effects. It takes as its focus young people as a group that is targeted by recruiters and conventionally understood to be receptive to radicalism. It also places emphasis on gender dimensions of radicalisation.
DARE recognises that improving knowledge on radicalisation has urgent implications for societal security but contributes to the wider objectives of the ‘Reversing inequalities and promoting fairness’ call through recognising that social inequality and discrimination give rise to perceived injustice which may motivate engagement with radical ideologies and actions. DARE’s primary concern is to address the long term social roots and effects of radicalisation and to engage young people themselves in countering radicalisation through its, innovative, attention to non-radicalisation alongside radicalisation trajectories.
The DARE Consortium brings together academic and civil society organisations to ensure integration of its academic, policy and practice elements and includes members from 9 EU and 4 non-EU countries.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 182 257,96
M13 9PL Manchester
United Kingdom

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North West (England) Greater Manchester Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 1 182 257,96

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