Ethnic Identity, Intolerance, and Mounting Anxiety in the Modern World. Society against the State, the State against the Individual Cover Image
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Етническа идентичност, нетърпимост и нарастваща тревожност в съвременния свят. Обществото срещу държавата, държавата срещу индивида
Ethnic Identity, Intolerance, and Mounting Anxiety in the Modern World. Society against the State, the State against the Individual

Author(s): Stefan Em. Nikolov
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Social development, Nationalism Studies, Economic development, Migration Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Институт за изследвания на обществата и знанието при БАН
Keywords: religion; ethnic affiliation; identity; violence; “Islamic State”; ethnic identity; intolerance; and mounting anxiety in the modern world; society against the state; the state against the individual

Summary/Abstract: n this paper we critically examine the troubled interdependence between religious identity and mounting violence in contemporary world. This interdependence was enormously revealed with the ongoing militancy of “Islamic State”, and the radical Islamist groups. Their professed aim sounds appealing – to get rid the corrupt government and create a state and society governed by Sharia. Recently we witness an wave of increasingly sophisticated attacks against ‘infidels’ mainly in war-thorn Syria and Iraq, but elsewhere too, which suggests not only growing foreign support, but also indicates a strategy of provocation through which “Islamic State” seeks to spark large scale sectarian conflict that will strike at the foundations of modern world. And this relates deeply with the Balkan realms with their fragile balances of old and new latent conflicts – and far beyond the grueling influx of refugees that is almost impossible to deal with. Here we expose details of individual states, EU and world failure to handle effectively the problem. In the last part we offer recommendations on how to mitigate that situation, as well as about the role of interdisciplinary research and expertise may play.

  • Issue Year: 47/2015
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 271-293
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Bulgarian