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Researching Far-Right Movements

Ethics, Methodologies, and Qualitative Inquiries, 1st Edition

Edited by Emanuele Toscano


152 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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)


About the Editor

Emanuele Toscano is Researcher in Sociology in the Department of Technology, Communication and Society at the Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi, Italy.

About the Series

Social Movements in the 21st Century: New Paradigms

Series Editor: Kevin McDonald

Moving beyond the interpretative frameworks constructed to make sense of social movements half a century ago, Social Movements in the 21st Century: New Paradigms seeks to renew our understanding of collective action today.

With a focus on social and political actors and experience, this series provides a space for engaging with emerging forms of action and organization, subjectivities, embodiment, and new forms of solidarity. It values theoretical work and methodological innovation, rooted in western and non-western research, and seeks to engage with key questions linking movements to wider social and political transformations, in particular to shifts in contemporary capitalism and globalization.

Its focus includes moral imaginations and the production of ethics, emerging organizational practices, the significance of new media, digital technologies and new forms of communication, the role of art and imagination in action, the reconfiguration of public and private, and experiments in contemporary democracy. The series welcomes studies linking empirical work and theoretical renewal. These may include studies of action in workplaces, cities or neighbourhoods and address questions ranging from sexuality to race, with a focus on emerging forms of mobilisation, from digital action to occupations.

Moving beyond the 20th century’s progressive and secular paradigm in social movement studies, the series seeks to engage with the breadth of collective action today, whether in the form of religious movements, populist and antidemocratic movements, or violent movements, – as in the form of contemporary terrorism.

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Subject Categories

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