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Identitary Polarisation, Violence, and Terror: A Study on Ethnic Terrorism

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STRMISKA Maxmilián

Year of publication 2001
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Středoevropské politické studie
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Faculty of Social Studies

Field Political sciences
Keywords ethnic terrorism; violence; identitary mobilisation; polarisation
Description Ethnic terrorism represents a product of ethnic and political confrontations in which violence and violent threats have become critical tools for both identitary mobilisation of the periphery and counter-mobilisation of the centre or other forces acting in the interest of the state-forming central establishment. If such identitary polarisation basically represents a necessary condition for the escalation of a conflict between the central state establishment and the subversive nationalism and for its transformation into a conflict between the state repressive structures and the anti-state armed clandestine group, such conflict is not its only possible and inevitable outcome. Chances for de-escalation and the stimulation of reconciliation processes occur from time to time even in major and largely irreconcilable ethnic and political conflicts.If the conflicts are of political nature, even though somewhat special, there are political remedies to them which can be explained on a rational basis and as such, understood and solved.
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