Researching the Far Right brings together researchers from across the humanities and social sciences to provide much needed discussion about the methodological, ethical, political, personal, practical and professional issues and challenges that arise when researching far right parties, their electoral support, and far right protest movements.

Drawing on original research focussing mainly on Europe and North America over the last 30 years, this volume explores in detail the opportunities and challenges associated with using ethnographic, interview-based, quantitative and online research methods to study the far right. These reflections are set within a wider discussion of the evolution of far right studies from a variety of disciplinary viewpoints within the humanities or the social sciences, tracing the key developments and debates that shape the field today.

This volume will be essential reading for students and scholars with an interest in understanding the many manifestations of the far right and cognate movements today. It also offers insight and reflection that is likely to be valuable for a wider range of students and scholars across the humanities and social sciences who are carrying out work of an ethically, politically, personally, practically and professionally challenging nature.

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Researching the far right
ByStephen D. Ashe, Joel Busher, Graham Macklin, Aaron Winter

part I|94 pages

Disciplinary overviews

chapter 1|15 pages

Political science approaches to the far right

ByNonna Mayer

chapter 2|13 pages

Historians and the contemporary far right

To bring (or not to bring) the past into the present?
ByNigel Copsey

chapter 3|15 pages

Sociological survey of the far right

ByKathleen Blee, Mehr Latif

chapter 4|14 pages

Right thinking

Criminologists on right-wing extremism
ByBarbara Perry, Ryan Scrivens

chapter 5|18 pages

Getting inside ‘the head’ of the Far Right

Psychological responses to the socio-political context
ByPasko Kisić Merino, Tereza Capelos, Catarina Kinnvall

chapter 6|17 pages

Neo-nationalism and far right studies

Anthropological perspectives
ByPeter Hervik

part II|86 pages

Quantitative approaches and online research

chapter 7|21 pages

Estimating the far right vote with aggregate data

ByVasiliki Georgiadou, Lamprini Rori, Costas Roumanias

chapter 8|15 pages

Methods for mapping far right violence

ByJacob Aasland Ravndal, Anders Ravik Jupskås

chapter 9|17 pages

Challenges and opportunities of social media research

Using Twitter and Facebook to investigate far right discourses
ByJasper Muis, Ofra Klein, Guido Dijkstra

chapter 11|17 pages

Researching far-right hypermedia environments

A case-study of the German online platform einprozent.de
ByAndreas Önnerfors

part III|44 pages

Interviewing the far right

chapter 12|15 pages

Methodology matters

Researching the far right
ByAmy Fisher Smith, Charles R. Sullivan, John D. Macready, Geoffrey Manzi

chapter 13|13 pages

Interviewing members of the white power movement in the United States

Reflections on research strategies and challenges of right-wing extremists
ByBetty A. Dobratz, Lisa K. Waldner

chapter 14|14 pages

Life-history interviews with rightwing extremists

ByBert Klandermans

part IV|68 pages

Ethnographic studies of the far right

chapter 15|13 pages

An observational study of the Norwegian far right

Some reflections
ByKatrine Fangen

chapter 16|16 pages

Overcoming racialisation in the field

Practising ethnography on the far right as a researcher of colour
ByVidhya Ramalingam

chapter 17|14 pages

Negotiating ethical dilemmas during an ethnographic study of anti-minority activism

A personal reflection on the adoption of a ‘non-dehumanization’ principle
ByJoel Busher

chapter 18|23 pages

Whiteness, class and the ‘communicative community’

A doctoral researcher’s journey to a local political ethnography
ByStephen D. Ashe

part V|46 pages

The significance of place, culture and performance when researching the far right

chapter 19|14 pages

Studying local context to fathom far-right success

ByJohn W.P. Veugelers

chapter 20|13 pages

Studying the peripheries

Iconography and embodiment in far right youth subcultures
ByCynthia Miller-Idriss, Annett Graefe-Geusch

chapter 21|17 pages

Normalization to the right

Analyzing the micro‐politics of the far-right 1
ByRuth Wodak

part VI|30 pages

The intersection of academic and activist positionalities and disseminating far right research

chapter 22|15 pages

Getting insights and inside far right groups

ByChip Berlet

chapter 23|13 pages

From demonization to normalization

Reflecting on far right research
ByAurelien Mondon, Aaron Winter