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On Radicalism: A Study of Political Methods in the Shadow Land between Activism and Terrorism
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to show that there is an important distinction between political radicalism and the previously more salient categories of political activism: activism and terrorism. More precisely, the question asked is the following: Is there any support for the need of radicalism as a way of classifying political activist groups? The distinction has not been entirely clear in previous research on political participation among activist groups, and this study intends to show why the distinction is vital to attain a more nuanced perception of the field.  It means to do so through analysing methods of political participation among Swedish extra-parliamentary groups with revolutionary agendas. The result will show a deficiency in the way political actions has so far been defined, and suggest a stronger emphasis on radicalism as its own subcategory to political participation in the future. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 26 p.
Keyword [en]
radicalism terrorism activism violence methods extra-parliamentary
Keyword [sv]
radikalism radikal terrorism aktivism våld metoder utomparlamentarisk
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-248637OAI: diva2:800493
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Freestanding course
2015-01-16, Uppsala, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-01-28 Created: 2015-04-06 Last updated: 2016-01-28Bibliographically approved

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