Elisa Impara (2016) “Radicalisation and Subcultures: a Theoretical Analysis”

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Categories: Paper, Youth Voice Journal


This article will ask whether we could talk about radicalised subcultures in relation to recent cases of young people deliberately flee to Syria. To achieve this it will: 1. Overview the concept of subcultures and identify which elements can be linked to the experience of young people engaging with extremism; 2. Suggest how the philosophical concept of transgression can cast a different perspective on the reasons why young people engage with radical practices.

Keywords: subcultures, radicalisation, transgression, excitement, tribe.

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