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Devoutness to Islam and the Attitudinal Acceptance of Political Violence Among Young Muslims in Germany
Hadjar, Andreas; Schiefer, David; Boehnke, Klaus et al.
2019In Political Psychology, 40 (2), p. 205-222
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Keywords :
education; hierarchic self-interest; Islam; migration; social inequality; violence
Abstract :
[en] This article investigates the links between religious beliefs and capitalist mentalities—namely devoutness to Islam and hierarchic self-interest (HSI)—and violence-accepting attitudes among the young Muslim migrant population in Germany. Following a situational perspective, these links are analyzed under different individual conditions structured by (socioeconomic) precariousness and education. Based on framing approaches and concepts from socialization theory, we derive the following hypothesis: The links between religious beliefs and capitalist mentalities and the attitudinal acceptance of violence are stronger among individuals with low levels of education and a precarious economic status (compared to high education/non-precarious status). The strongest link is expected for a negative status inconsistency (high education/precarious economic status). Structural equation models for data from a random probability sample of 350 Muslims (aged 14–32 years) in Germany indicate that attitudinal acceptance of violence among young Muslims is not predicted by devoutness to Islam but by economic precariousness and by acceptance of capitalist values of the HSI belief system.
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Education & instruction
Sociology & social sciences
Author, co-author :
Hadjar, Andreas ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS)
Schiefer, David;  Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR), Berlin, Germany
Boehnke, Klaus;  Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
Frindte, Wolfgang;  Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany
Geschke, Daniel;  Institut für Demokratie und Zivilgesellschaft – Thüringer Dokumentations- und Forschungsstelle gegen Menschenfeindlichkeit, Jena, Germany
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Devoutness to Islam and the Attitudinal Acceptance of Political Violence Among Young Muslims in Germany
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Political Psychology
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Blackwell Publishing
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Focus Area :
Multilingualism and Intercultural Studies
Educational Sciences
Funders :
German Ministry of the Interior (Germany); Basic Research Program at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics (Russia)


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