Political violence among Flemish adolescents

The impact of moral support for right-wing extremism

author Maarten De Waele
journal GERN (ISSN: )
volume 2014
issue 2. Desistance, social order and responses to crime
section Article
publicatie datum 1 août 2014
langue English
pagina 135

Bearing on the dramatic events of 9/11, scholars decided to concentrate on processes of radicalisation in search of an explanation for terrorism. Throughout the years, considerable research has been done on the explanation of Islamic or Jihadi terrorism. This contribution, however, focusses on a slightly different and somewhat underexposed phenomenon of right-wing extremism. Starting from major criminological theories such as social bonding, procedural justice and differential association theory, we have composed a conceptual model for the explanation of political violence. Relying on our conceptual model we have, by means of logistic regression, examined the net effects of the various theoretical variables. The latter variables are both tested on the readiness to use right-wing violence (moral support for right-wing extremism) and on actual behaviour (self-reported political violence). In addition to the analyses of self-reported behaviour, the net effect of moral support is included to measure the effect of an right-wing aberrant morality on the effective use of political violence. The analyses were undertaken by means of a mixed mode survey (paper and pencil and web survey) by more than 2,800 Flemish respondents between the ages of 16 and 25.