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The Nature of Identitarianism

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ISBN 9781138385726
May 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

The Nature of Identitarianism explores the background to this new far right movement.

Since its origins in France in 2003, identitarianism has become one of the most influential far-right ideologies. Inspiring groups such as Generation Identity in Europe and the alt-right in America, identitarianism has spawned a far-right constellation that includes white nationalist direct action groups, think tanks, "alternative media" organizations and social media "celebrities". But the ideas that underpin identitarianism are often poorly understood. This book examines the movement’s antecedents and intellectual lineage in the thinkers of the Conservative Revolution and the European New Right, as well as the influence of far-right gurus such as Francis Parker Yockey, Jean Thiriart, Julius Evola and Alexander Dugin. The author also investigates how conspiracy thinking, antisemitism and islamophobia feature prominently in the identitarian worldview.

This book will be essential reading for scholars and activists alike with an interest in race relations, fascism, extremism and social movements.

Table of Contents


1. Identitarianism, Identitarians, Identitarian Operations, Movements, Parties, Persons

2. Inspiration and Sources

3. Core Ideas of Identitarianism

4. Excursus: Esoteric Symbolism: Mircea Eliade, Carl Schmitt, Ernst Jünger, Armin Mohler, and Julius Evola

5. A Sociological Explanation

6. Conclusion

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Göran Dahl is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lund, Sweden.