Genesis, development and pitfalls of de-radicalisation policies in Europe
The aim of this chapter is to explain the reasons for the success of the word ‘radicalisation’ and the social conditions under which it circulates within the European security community. It is also a question of discerning what effects these processes of importation and appropriation of the term have on security policies and public discourse.
In many ways security studies claim to provide a true content (which pertains to verifiability) but also in the form of a narration. This co-edited book is guided by a similar understanding of what security is and aims at closing the gap between the various techniques and methodological bricolages employed when security studies is building narratives on what security is, what security does. This edited volume is built around their authors’ experiences on the ground, their intellectual approaches, the data-analysis tools employed, and the theoretical techniques and apparatus deployed then re-negotiated according to the progress made and difficulties encountered. Following Bourdieu’s argument about science, we refuse to dissociate method from the very practical dimensions of any operation of research. We cannot emphasise enough that this is a book not about methods. Yet how you choose to look for things depends heavily on what you think you are looking for. Hence, many of the arguments explored here have substantial methodological implications.