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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Religion as an influencing factor of right-wing, left-wing and Islamist extremism : findings of a Swiss youth study
Authors: Kamenowski, Maria
Manzoni, Patrik
Haymoz, Sandrine
Isenhardt, Anna
Jacot, Cédric
Baier, Dirk
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0252851
Published in: PLOS ONE
Volume(Issue): 16
Issue: 6
Issue Date: Jun-2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Public Library of Science
ISSN: 1932-6203
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 303: Social processes
320: Politics
Abstract: In criminological research the relationship between religion and delinquency has received great attention. Religiosity has been shown to be a protective factor for violent behaviour, drug use and other types of crime. In contrast, the relationship between religion and extremism was rarely investigated and then almost exclusively in relation to Islamist extremism. This paper presents results of a youth survey on extremism in Switzerland. A total of 8317 young people in ten cantons were interviewed about right-wing, left-wing and Islamist extremism. The study allows in a unique way to analyse religion, religiosity and religious attitudes in relation to three forms of extremist attitudes. The results show that religion is an important influencing factor of extremism, but religious affiliation and religiosity are less important than specific religious attitudes such as religious tolerance and religious exclusivity.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Social Work
Organisational Unit: Institute of Delinquency and Crime Prevention (IDK)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Politischer Extremismus unter Jugendlichen in der Schweiz: Verbreitung und Einflussfaktoren
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