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Title: Extreme right images of radical authenticity: multimodal aesthetics of history, nature and gender in social media
Authors: Forchtner, Bernhard
Kølvraa, Christoffer
First Published: 7-Jul-2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 2017
Abstract: Over recent years, the German extreme right has undergone significant changes, including the appropriation of symbols, styles and action repertoires of contemporary (youth) cultures, sometimes even taken from the far left. In this article, we investigate extreme right visual communication through Facebook, focusing on their claims to truth and authentic Nazism in relation to ‘history’, ‘nature’ and ‘gender roles’. These themes were central in National Socialism, but today need to be (re)negotiated vis-a-vis contemporary (youth) cultures. We show that while a traditional notion of ideological authority is enabled through their visuals, there is also a strand of imagery depicting and celebrating ‘intimate’ communion. While this simultaneity leads to tensions within the ’ideal extreme right subject’, we argue that such dilemmas can be productive, allowing for the (re)negotiation of classic National Socialist doctrine in the context of contemporary (youth) cultures, and thus, potentially, for a revitalisation of its interpellation of followers.
DOI Link: 10.1080/23254823.2017.1322910
ISSN: 2325-4823
eISSN: 2325-4815
Embargo on file until: 7-Jan-2019
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Taylor & Francis (Routledge). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: The file associated with this record is under embargo until 18 months after publication, in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.
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