This edited volume traces the rise of far right vigilante movements – some who have been involved in serious violence against minorities, migrants and other vulnerable groups in society, whereas other vigilantes are intimidating but avoid using violence.

Written by an international team of contributors, the book features case studies from Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, and Asia. Each chapter is written to a common research template examining the national social and political context, the purpose of the vigilante group, how it is organised and operates, its communications and social media strategy and its relationship to mainstream social actors and institutions, and to similar groups in other countries. The final comparative chapter explores some of the broader research issues such as under which conditions such vigiliantism emerges, flourishes or fails, policing approaches, masculinity, the role of social media, responses from the state and civil society, and the evidence of transnational co-operation or inspiration.

This is a groundbreaking volume which will be of particular interest to scholars with an interest in the extreme right, social movements, political violence, policing and criminology.

chapter 1|30 pages

Vigilantism against migrants and minorities

Concepts and goals of current research
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chapter 2|12 pages

Ku Klux Klan

Vigilantism against blacks, immigrants and other minorities
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chapter 3|12 pages

Jewish vigilantism in the West Bank

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chapter 4|14 pages

Protecting holy cows

Hindu vigilantism against Muslims in India
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chapter 9|13 pages

The Minutemen

Patrolling and performativity along the U.S. / Mexico border
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chapter 11|16 pages

Vigilantism in Greece

The case of the Golden Dawn
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chapter 12|14 pages

Forza Nuova and the security walks

Squadrismo and extreme-right vigilantism in Italy
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chapter 13|16 pages

Beyond the hand of the state

Vigilantism against migrants and refugees in France
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chapter 14|13 pages

Vigilantism in the United Kingdom

Britain First and ‘Operation Fightback’
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chapter 15|16 pages

The Soldiers of Odin Finland

From a local movement to an international franchise
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chapter 16|15 pages

Sheep in wolf’s clothing?

The taming of the Soldiers of Odin in Norway
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chapter 17|14 pages

The Soldiers of Odin in Canada

The failure of a transnational ideology
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