Mainstreaming the Extreme: Intersecting Challenges from the Far Right in Europe – new article in the journal Intersections

This is the first issue of the new journal Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics (EEJSP). As our point of departure, we take a timely subject for European societies: the far-right phenomenon as related to mainstream politics and discourse. Instead of relying exclusively on views of radical developments prevalent in the field of politics, our aim was to bring together insights from sociology, social anthropology, political science and media studies, as well as from discourse and network analysis, and integrate them into a comparative and interdisciplinary study of the phenomenon. As far as the investigated topics are concerned, special attention has been paid to the interplay of media and politics, the discursive aspects of politics, and the role of cultural commodification beyond ideologies on the supply side as well as recent developments explaining increasing interest on the demand side.

Denmark and Hungary are the prime examples used in the article. Read more

The article is co-authored with Margit Feischmidt, Academy of Social Sciences, Budapest.

Xenophobia and Nativism

New paper published!

Xenophobia and Nativism
Hervik, Peter. 2015. ”Xenophobia and Nativism. In “International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Wright, James D. (editor-in-chief), vol 25:796-801. Oxford: Elsevier. 2nd edition

Abstract: In everyday terms xenophobia is now used as a reference to dislike of foreigners, anti-immigration, anti-foreign, and/or anti-different groups, while xenophobia in the social sciences have imported semantic changes that reflect the mega-events, including 9/11, the Danish Muhammad Cartoon Crisis 2005/6 and the bombing and killings on 22 July 2011 in Norway.

In the new development xenophobia (including Islamophobic) and Nativism embrace to the idea of cultural incompatibility and the naturalization of xenophobic attitudes following from it. Out of this‚ understanding of xenophobia as a natural reaction, anti-migration springs as a nativist necessity with a right to defend “ones culture” while either legitimizing racism or denying that cultural and political self-defence can be racist.

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Ny artikel: “Race, ”race”, racialisering, racisme og nyracisme”

Studiet af racisme og racialisering i Danmark er komplekst og behæftet med stærke moralske og politiske interesser og følelser. Ofte omtales racisme og race uden reference til den foreliggende litteratur og betydningsfulde historiske erfaringer og uden inddragelse af de oplevelser, som især synlige minoriteter og danske statsborgere med ikke-vestlig oprindelse har med racistisk tænkning.

I denne nye artikel, udgivet i tidsskriftet Dansk Sociologi føres centrale aspekter ved racisme ind i en nutidig faglig diskussion.

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Ten years after – the Muhammad Cartoons: Perspectives, Reflections, Challenges International Conference, Aalborg University

Ten years after the newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons the Muhammad Carton Crisis continues to be a discursive reference point for new controversies involving artists and threatening Muslims. When the cartoon story (and stories about the cartoons) and the global violence peaked in early 2006, the different actors and events at different times and places were reified into a single event, a global story about a clash of civilizational values. Yet the event had no clear beginning or end, which indicated that underneath the complexity was different and vast.

In this conference five scholars with different relationship to the Muhammad Cartoon Crisis and its aftermath will present their research and additional scholars are invited to contribute to access the development since the cartoon crisis, whether this is issues of integration, the relationship between terrorism, islamophobia and integration, women’s right, racialization, inequality, right wing populism, or polarization.

Ten years have gone since the Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten decided to publish 12 Muhammad cartoons of the prophet Muhammad as cartoonists ‘imagined him’. The cartoons and the stories about them cost the lives of 150 people. Denmark’s reputation abroad and export to Arab speaking countries were severely impacted. In addition, it has affected the opportunities of immigrants, who experience they are being stigmatized and not fully allowed to be Danes. Many Danes have had their ideas of womanhood among Muslims re-enforced, ideas of incompatible values have been strengthened, and the debate about freedom of speech reified. For many non-Western Muslims, the cartoon story has become an icon of Western arrogance and hatred towards Islam. Their anger came from a deep sense that they are not respected, that they and their most cherished feelings are “fair game.”

New research suggest that increased racial discrimination and enforcement of racial-cultural logics of belonging facilitates mobilization of minority youth groups to crime, violence, political activism, carelessness and terrorism. This development exposes a “schismogenetic” process that merits academic attention analysis and solutions.

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