Shock and resilience: responding to recent cases of extremist violence
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Lethal attacks carried out in places of worship over the past months have reignited public debate about religious diversity, violent radicalisation and the role of modern states in responding to such events.
The responses of governments have varied significantly, both in terms of policy and the categorisation of perpetrators of such attacks. Different labels and legal categories such as ‘terrorism’, ‘mental health’ and ‘hate crimes’ have been employed to identify substantially similar acts.
Taking reactions to the New Zealand mosque shootings on 15 March 2019 as a point of departure, this series of articles provides a range of insightful reflections from diverse viewpoints on how religiously-inspired violent radicalisation is shaping our societies, and how our societies and governments can respond to it.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the GREASE project (grant no. 770640) and the BRaVE project (grant no. 822189).
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