The polarisation of society has now become a buzzword that is hardly missing from any political analysis. Trump, the Brexit, migration and the flight movement from the South to Europe, which has almost been pushed into the background again, also globalisation and climate change, and the Corona pandemic, which has been going on for a year now … In all these topic areas, a very fundamental polarisation of positionings is indeed emerging, which overshadows intermediate tones.
The focus of the issue on “Polarisation, Radicalisation and Discrimination in Europe” focuses in particular on the situation in Central and Eastern Europe in the practice of prevention and intervention in the field of democracy education, group-focused enmity and right-wing extremism. Contributors to this issue include those who have been working on-the-ground in the countries, as members of civil society organisations with a sharp and trained eye; those who work in municipalities, schools and extracurricular education as “fighters on the front line” (first-line practitioners, FLPs for short, e.g. teachers, social workers, NGOs, police) on a daily basis in regular structures, in training courses, and workshops as well as in counselling; and have in-depth insights and experience of the challenges, barriers and attempts at solutions.
The articles were written for the German journal Demokratie gegen Menschenfeindlichkeit.
The German print edition was published in 1/2021 by Wochenschau Verlag and is available here.
Take a look at the English version and download it below.
Chapter 07 Experiencing Everyday Prejudice and Discrimination in Central and Eastern Europe: the target’s perspective on-the-ground and in the online sphere Catherine Lourdes Dy, Max Mühlhäuser, Andrea Tundis
Chapter 08 “We will be the happiest if there is nothing left for us to do.” How Experts in Five Countries of Central and Eastern Europe Assess the State of Prevention of Polarisation and Radicalisation among the Youth Luca Váradi
Chapter 11 Supporting FLPs in the Online Sphere: Towards the Prevention of Polarization and Radicalization through Cyber-solutions: A first review Andrea Tundis, Catherine Lourdes Dy, Max Mühlhäuser, Ariane Olek