Factors of Politically Motivated Violence in the Urban Context
Theories to explain politically motivated violence can be found within sociology, social psychology and many other disciplines related to criminology. Some of them on the micro-level were tested in a quantitative and multiparadigmatic study conducted at Leipzig University with the title „Youth Study Leipzig 2017“ (n=1508). On the basis of the survey data the paper discusses the following questions: To what extent do young people in the city of Leipzig support politically motivated violence against the left, the right and minorities such as foreigners or Muslims? Do factors such as specific forms of socialization, education, objective and subjective social and political deprivation as well as individual indicators of personality (authoritarianism, narcissism etc.) have an impact on different kinds of political motivated violence? How great is the explanatory power of those theories, and what might a multivariate model to explain politically motivated violence look like?