Post-Digital Cultures of the Far Right

Online Actions and Offline Consequences in Europe and the US

How have digital tools and networks transformed the far right's strategies and transnational prospects? This volume presents a unique critical survey of the online and offline tactics, symbols and platforms that are strategically remixed by contemporary far-right groups in Europe and the US. It features thirteen accessible essays by an international range of expert scholars, policy advisors and activists who offer informed answers to a number of urgent practical and theoretical questions: How and why has the internet emboldened extreme nationalisms? What counter-cultural approaches should civil societies develop in response?

»This up-to-the-minute book makes important contributions to the way we think about right-wing extremism, its networks and strategies in the digital age. It provides a real wealth of insights into the mechanisms of political culture online. No one who deals with online hatred or the extreme right should ignore this publication.«
Matthias Quent, Director of the Jena Institute for Democracy and Civil Society

»Ever wondered why far-right groups have been able to cooperate politically, for all their differences, but those on the left have struggled? Are you concerned about how the Right can use forceful play – epitomised by Pepe the Frog – to mainstream its ideas, while the Left lacks 'meme magic'? If so, then this is the book for you. In succinct chapters on everything from the Alt-Right and Alt-Tech to youth fashion and zines, it explains how the post-digital cultures of the far right have succeeded in transforming today's political landscape. The enthralling and sometimes shocking account it provides of why there has been a rightwards shift in what is considered socially acceptable could not be more important or better timed.«
Gary Hall, Research Professor at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, University of Coventry

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8. Januar 2019, 210 Seiten
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Maik Fielitz

Maik Fielitz, Universität Hamburg, Deutschland

Nick Thurston

Nick Thurston, University of Leeds, Großbritannien

1. Why did you choose this topic?

National and international politics have taken a reactionary lurch rightwards, fueled by a confusing mix of familiar and new fears, actors and practices. Digital networked technologies mediate contemporary far-right politics and political campaigning, and are playing an underestimated role in normalizing far-right attitudes. Civil society needs to develop and share the tools to critique and reverse this scary, nationalist shift of the mainstream. To do that, we need a common digital literacy.

2. What new perspectives does your book offer?

It takes seriously the strategic value of individual and unofficial online activism to organized far-right parties, groups and campaigns. It also takes seriously the tactical, tailored approach such groups use to target and recruit different audience segments in an attention economy. Furthermore, it follows the networks it analyses by considering the gaps and overlaps between intranational and transnational flows of ideas, content and people. The unique frame it brings to analyzing these issues is the concept of the post-digital: that online and offline worlds are inter-effective.

3. What makes your topic relevant for current research debates?

The book is full of concrete case studies that demonstrate how the resurgent far right exploits tactical media approaches to recruiting and strengthening their support base, and how ideologues teach new recruits to continue that work, sometimes in genuinely innovative ways. It brings together a unique range of voices to offer informed analysis of where, how and why these campaigns are being waged. It also pushes the case for broader, bolder and more ambitious counter-cultural responses.

4. Choose one person you would like to discuss your book with!

Boris Johnson, who epitomizes so much of what is regressive and repressive about scared old Europe in the 21st-century, including its inexplicable power.

Susan Benesch, whose amazing work on the consequences of dangerous speech, and whose politically-engaged approach to the subject, inspired us so much.

5. Your book summary in one sentence:

A grounded survey of the tools, platforms, tactics, groups and people who are re-mediating far-right cultures via the internet, and what we can do to counter them.

»Diese globale Perspektive ist mit Blick auf die grenzübergreifende Vernetzung der Akteure nur konsequent und bringt eine Vielzahl neuer Erkenntnisse mit sich.«
Tobias Fernholz, Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, 32/3 (2019)
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Maik Fielitz / Nick Thurston (eds.)
Post-Digital Cultures of the Far Right Online Actions and Offline Consequences in Europe and the US
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung, 16 Farbabbildungen
POL042030 SOC052000 POL011000
8. Januar 2019
Politik, Medien, Digitalisierung, Amerika, Internet, Europa
Art, Media Studies, Political Science, Sociology
Post-Digital, Far Right, Europe, Culture, Politics, Internet, Media, Right-wing Extremism, Digital Media, European Politics, Media Studies, Political Science

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