Czech Pagans’ Views on Extremism

Vol 20 No. 1 (2018)

Jan Merička
Masaryk University
Josef Smolik [+-]
Mendel University
Josef Smolík is a political scientist who focuses on terrorism, organized crime, extreme right, extreme left, patriotism, youth subculture, security issues, criminology and criminal policy, collective violence, political and intercultural psychology, and football hooliganism.


The chief aim of this paper is to describe the relationship of contemporary Czech Pagans-those who identify themselves as such and practice their belief in ritual-to what is described as extremism, using the methods of qualitative analysis, interviews and observation. The paper focuses on the subjective views of Pagans themselves, which allow us to understand the internal processes within this highly particular community. An important element of this is how Pagans themselves understand the term "extremism." The paper outlines specific positions taken by individual Pagans, proceeding to generalize in order to characterize the Czech Pagan community as a whole. It also analyses potential trigger mechanisms, which in some cases entice individuals from the community to take extremist positions.

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Merička, Jan; Smolik, Josef. Czech Pagans’ Views on Extremism. Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, United Kingdom. v. 20, n. 1 p. 45-70 Jun 2017. ISSN 1743-1735. Date accessed: 23 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/pome.33441. Jun 2017

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