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
ByMiroslav Mareš, Tore Bjørgo
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chapter 2|12 pages

Ku Klux Klan

Vigilantism against blacks, immigrants and other minorities
ByKathleen Blee, Mehr Latif
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chapter 3|12 pages

Jewish vigilantism in the West Bank

ByNir Gazit
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chapter 4|14 pages

Protecting holy cows

Hindu vigilantism against Muslims in India
ByJuhi Ahuja
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chapter 6|17 pages

Anti-immigration militias and vigilante groups in Germany

An overview
ByDaniel Koehler
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chapter 7|26 pages

Vigilante militias and activities against Roma and migrants in Hungary

BySzilveszter Póczik, Eszter Sárik
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chapter 8|22 pages

Vigilantism against migrants and minorities in Slovakia and in the Czech Republic

ByMiroslav Mareš, Daniel Milo
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chapter 9|13 pages

The Minutemen

Patrolling and performativity along the U.S. / Mexico border
ByHarel Shapira
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chapter 10|19 pages

Vigilantism against ethnic minorities and migrants in Bulgaria

ByNadya Stoynova, Rositsa Dzhekova
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chapter 11|16 pages

Vigilantism in Greece

The case of the Golden Dawn
ByChristos Vrakopoulos, Daphne Halikiopoulou
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chapter 12|14 pages

Forza Nuova and the security walks

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

Beyond the hand of the state

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

Vigilantism in the United Kingdom

Britain First and ‘Operation Fightback’
ByElizabeth Ralph-Morrow
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chapter 15|16 pages

The Soldiers of Odin Finland

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

Sheep in wolf’s clothing?

The taming of the Soldiers of Odin in Norway
ByTore Bjørgo, Ingvild Magnæs Gjelsvik
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chapter 17|14 pages

The Soldiers of Odin in Canada

The failure of a transnational ideology
ByEmil Archambault, Yannick Veilleux-Lepage
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chapter 18|19 pages

Pop-up vigilantism and fascist patrols in Sweden

ByMattias Gardell
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chapter 19|30 pages

Comparative perspectives on vigilantism against migrants and minorities

ByTore Bjørgo, Miroslav Mareš
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