Moving Beyond the Crisis
Chapter 3: ‘Morbid symptoms’: the failure of prior social models
The wars of the Yugoslav succession and ‘September 11’ initiated a series of troubling events throwing into question the adequacy of the old (assimilationism and multiculturalism) models for the management of cultural diversity in Europe. These events continued with the Islamist bombings in Spain and London in 2004 and 2005, respectively, the riots in northern England and France in 2001 and 2005, respectively, and the worldwide protests over cartoons, including images of Muhammad published by a Danish newspaper in 2005, the Utøya massacre of young social democrats in Norway by a far-right figure in 2011, through to the Islamist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the Bataclan in Paris in 2015, on the airport in Brussels in 2016, and at Manchester arena, Westminster and London Bridge, and in New York, in 2017. At the heart of all of these was a process of outgroup stereotyping, dehumanizing the Other and fostering polarization and violence.
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