Life Trajectories Into and Out of Contemporary Neo-Nazism: Becoming and Unbecoming the Hateful Other, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Life Trajectories Into and Out of Contemporary Neo-Nazism

Becoming and Unbecoming the Hateful Other, 1st Edition

By Christer Mattsson, Thomas Johansson


200 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-10-29
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This book provides the first comprehensive sociological study of the contemporary National Socialist movement in Sweden, including how it has developed since the 1990s until the present. It covers the ideas and political aspects of the movement, as well as the subjective and very personal stories told by young men and women who in some cases have left the movement and in others remained.

Through a large number of detailed stories of the movement’s violence, hatred, and ideology, as well as stories of the life plans and dreams involved in re-entering society, the study on which the book is based provides knowledge, hope and new directions for studies on the National Socialist movement. Additionally, the book provides innovative research on the relation between the life trajectories of National Socialists and their significant others, allowing us to establish better and more scientific strategies for preventing radicalization and promoting de-radicalization.

The book is aimed for students of sociology, social science and researchers studying hate movements and violent extremism. It is also meant for professionals such as teachers, social workers and youth workers who may encounter radicalization in their work being a vital contribution for policymakers within the field.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Historical Perspectives on the Contemporary Nordic and Global National Socialist Movement; 3. Lost in translation – A case study on a National Socialist rally; 4. The Fear of a Mass Invasion; 5. Becoming a National Socialist; 6. Disengaging and De-radicalizing from the National Socialist Movement; 7. Leaving Hate Behind: National Socialists, Significant Others and Disengagement; 8. Conclusions and Discussion; 9. Method and Methodology.

About the Authors

Christer Mattsson is the director of the Segerstedt institute at University of Gothenburg that serves as a national research and resource centre on violent extremism. His recent publications include "Becoming, belonging and leaving – Exit processes among young neo-Nazis in Sweden." Journal for deradicalization Mattsson, C. & Johansson, T. (2018); "Leaving Hate Behind – Neo-Nazis, Significant Others and Disengagement." Journal for deradicalization. Mattsson, C. & Johansson, T. (2018).

Thomas Johansson is Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Gothenburg. His main research areas are youth studies, family studies, gender studies, social psychology and cultural studies. His recent publications include Youth Studies in Transition. Culture, Generation and new Learning Processes. London: Springer International Publishing (2019); Marginalized Masculinities. Contexts, Continuities and Change. London: Routledge (2017); Fatherhood in Transition. Masculinity, Identity and Everyday Life. London: Palgrave (2017).

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General