The DARE (Dialogue about Radicalisation and Equality) project includes 15 partners in 13 countries - Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, The Netherlands, Tunisia, Turkey and the UK - and will run for four years. Funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, it will investigate young people’s encounters with and agents of radicalisation, how they receive and respond to those calls, and how they make choices about the paths they take.
It aims to broaden understanding of radicalisation, demonstrate that it is not located in any one religion or community, and to explore the effects of radicalisation on society. DARE will focus on people aged between 12 and 30, as they are a key target of recruiters and existing research suggests they may be particularly receptive to radicalism. It will approach young people neither as victims nor perpetrators of radicalisation, but as engaged, reflexive, often passionate social actors who seek information they can trust, as they navigate a world in which calls to radicalisation are numerous. Read More Here.
What's Going On with DARE?
22 October 2018 In the UK, debate and policy on countering extremism is shifting towards a societal focus and DARE’s team members have been actively involved in moving that debate forward. Hilary Pilkington’s role as an independent Commissioner on the Greater Manchester (GMCA) Commission on Preventing Hateful Extremism and Promoting Social Cohesion – established after the MEN Arena attack in Manchester on 22 May 2017 – culminated with the delivery of the Commission’s final report at the end of July. The report, entitled A Shared Future, called for a strategic commitment to ‘developing a community-led response to challenging hateful extremism’ as part of what Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, calls a ‘whole-society approach’ to tackling extremism. Hilary has now taken up a role on the Expert Group of the UK Government’s national Commission for Countering Extremism. Read more about the DARE UK Team's impact efforts here.
7th October 2018: After many colleagues slowed down a little on their DARE work over the summer months, the consortium re-energised for another year of the DARE Project. Colleagues have now started, or are about to start the fieldwork for the project, whilst all consortium members are working towards the project reporting to the European Commission. We are very much looking forward to the next meeting of some of the Work Packages that will take place in Brussels in November.
15 June 2018: On May 22-25 in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Higher school of Economics, represented by the Center for Youth Studies, hosted the members of the DARE consortium. The meeting was organized in two parts. The first day was devoted to the open international workshop "Rethinking Radicalisation: Frontline perspectives", in which the participants presented their findings on theoretical and empirical understanding of the phenomenon of radicalization and its various manifestations. The next three days were devoted to the discussion of the project and its progress. The delegates had the opportunity to exchange the first results of the project, discuss the emerging challenges and outline a work plan for the next year in different areas including the analysis of public policy in the field of counter-radicalisation, the study of the process of self-radicalization and case studies of Islamic and anti-Islamic radicalisation. Special attention was paid to the issues of building a dialogue between researchers and public and state organizations, and local communities.
DARE in the News
Contributions by Hilary Pilkington and Ajmal Hussein
The latest issue of The University of Manchester's On Cohesion magazine has two articles on DARE related topics. The first, an article by Professor Hilary Pilkington entitled: 'The pathway to violent extremism: is socio-economic inequality, or our perception of it, to blame?' and a second, by Ajmal Hussein entitled: 'Cohesion again? Learning lessons from the ‘between’'. Read the articles here.
Why don’t most people become radicalised?
Interview with Professor Hilary Pilkington on Horizon Magazine
To understand what leads people into violent extremism, scientists are turning the question on its head and asking why it is that most young people don’t become radicalised. ‘Understanding pathways to non-radicalisation is as important to us as those that lead to radicalisation,’ said Professor Hilary Pilkington, a sociologist from the University of Manchester in the UK. Continue reading here.
Why does a person become radicalised? That's the million dollar question.
Interview with Ajmal Hussain
Hussain said researchers and governments have for years been trying to find an answer to what makes a person become radicalised. He dubs this the “million dollar question”, believing there is no one answer. Read more.