As extreme and far right movements become increasingly widespread in many countries, the sociology of social movements is called to confront them. This book addresses the specific challenges entailed by the empirical study of such movements, presenting case studies from Japan, Thailand, England, France, Italy, the USA, and Turkey. Based on empirical fieldwork, the chapters explore the ethics and politics of researching far right movements, considering the researcher's reflexivity and the methodological issues raised by being emotionally linked to a research object that affirms and strives for values that differ markedly from those of the researcher. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and politics with interests in social movements and research methods.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Researching Far-Right Movements. An Introduction (Emanuele Toscano)
1. The Specificities of Researching Evil (Michel Wieviorka)
2. "Field observer: simples": Finding a place from which to do close-up research on the "far right" (Hilary Pilkington)
3. Rapport, Respect, and Dissonance: Studying the White Power Movement in the United States (Lisa K. Waldner and Betty A. Dobratz)
4. Rethinking the Party, the State, and the World: The Case of Turkish Right Wing-Nationalist Youth in Gezi Protests (Derya Göçer Akder and Kübra Oğuz)
5. Reporting the "Good Deeds" of Far-Right Activists (Daniel Bizeul)
6. The Dark Side of the Field. Doing Research on CasaPound in Italy (Emanuele Toscano and Daniele di Nunzio)
7. Uncustomary Sisterhood: Feminist Research in Japanese Conservative Movements (Ayaka Suzuki)
8. Militant Far-Right Royalist Groups on Facebook in Thailand. Methodological and Ethical Challenges of Internet-Based Research (Wolfram Schaffar and Naruemon Thabchumpon)
Conclusion. Doing Research on Far-Right Movements (Emanuele Toscano)
Emanuele Toscano is Researcher in Sociology in the Department of Technology, Communication and Society at the Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi, Italy.