Neo-liberal Governing of “Radicals”: Danish Radicalization Prevention Policies and Potential Iatrogenic Effects

Authors

  • Lasse Lindekilde Department of political science, Aarhus university

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4119/ijcv-2933

Abstract

The Danish government’s counter-radicalization Action Plan of 2009 had intended and unintended effects. Primarily targeting Danish Muslims, it employs neoliberal governmentality approaches of governance through individual support and response, information and knowledge, empowerment, surveillance and intervention, and anti-discrimination. It aims to prevent radicalization by transforming, shaping, and disciplining illiberal and violence-prone “radicals” into active, liberal citizens. Prolonged fieldwork and in-depth interviews with seventeen Muslims from a targeted milieu reveal skepticism about the effectiveness of the measures. Implementation of the action plan in practice may yield iatrogenic effects.

Author Biography

Lasse Lindekilde, Department of political science, Aarhus university

Assistant Professor

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Published

2012-02-27

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Focus: (De)Radicalization