• Eda Kekec
  • Sibel Kücükkaraca
The aim of this thesis is to investigate and discuss aspects of the government's national plan of action, implemented in 2016. This plan aimed to prevent and eradicate extremism and radicalization. The plan of action consists of 22 initiatives, which have differing levels of prevention. These levels are the intervention level, the forestalling level and the construction level. With these levels are attached several different players, that each have their role. We are interested in examining the public sector workers that are attached to a municipality that works on the forestalling level. This level aims to prevent and forestall radicalization and extremism. We wish to examine how they work and meet demands that can be inferred from the government's plan of action. We also wish to examine whether these demands are realistic vis a vis the challenges these public sector workers face in their daily work. In order to examine this phenomenon, we interviewed seven participants – two workers at a child care center, three case works and a department head of SSP and youth workers.

This is a qualitative study, with an adaptive as well as phenomenological and hermeneutic approach to scientific theory. We utilize the semi-structured interview style in order to collect our empirical data. Furthermore, we work from several different cases, as our participants were from different municipalities across the country. We use Michael Lipsky's cross-pressure theory as well as Erwin Goffman's theory on stigma as analytical tools. Furthermore we also use Mark Sedgwick's criticism of the radicalization phenomenon in the analysis.
The results show that our participants experience challenges in their work place in relation to the resources available to them as well as the referred cases they receive, amongst these cases are cases classified as ”worry cases”. Regarding resources, our participants discuss various aspects. For some, time and money are a valuable and vital resource, and they feel there is a lack of both. For others, a lack of knowledge as well as legal red tape presents problems for them. Regarding the ”worry cases”, all participants agree that there is a stigmatization problem, that leads to unnecessary reporting of persons that others fear to be in the process of radicalization.
In this paper we conclude that the public sector workers we interviewed have problems meeting all the demands and expectations given to them by the government. This is partly due to lack of resources and partly due to a lack of judicial freedom to pass and maintain the relevant measures in order to prevent radicalization.
Publication date6 Jun 2018
Number of pages106
ID: 280465457