Tag: extremism

The British Extreme Right, Reciprocal Radicalisation and constructions of the Other

Roger Eatwell coined the term ‘cumulative extremism’ in his influential article on community cohesion from 2006. He argued that ‘different forms of extremisms are constructed in discourse’ by extremist groups to legitimise their own activities, and also noted the ‘varieties of such interactions’. Sometimes, Eatwell argued, extremists could even identify positive features in their chosen… Continue reading “The British Extreme Right, Reciprocal Radicalisation and constructions of the Other”

Anti-Muslim Hate: The Definition Problem

The terms ‘Islamophobia’ and ‘Anti-Muslim hate’ are used regularly in news coverage of certain events. These have most recently involved incidences of a car ram-raiding worshippers outside a mosque in London, and in the depiction of Muslims in the press more generally. However the definition of ‘Islamophobia’ is contested within academic literature. The term entered… Continue reading “Anti-Muslim Hate: The Definition Problem”

When Interpreting Fascism and Islamism, How ‘Progressive’ are ‘Progressive’ Intellectuals?

In my previous blog, I made three key points: 1) Islamists are neglected when we consider the contemporary radical right; 2) Islamists, like Christian fundamentalists, may qualify as right-wing extremists; and 3) By neglecting Islamists, we underestimate their serious influence (and lethality), while potentially overestimating the impact of radical right ideologues, movements, and political parties. How… Continue reading “When Interpreting Fascism and Islamism, How ‘Progressive’ are ‘Progressive’ Intellectuals?”

Simply Removing All Extremist Content Won’t Stop Radicalisation

Every effort should be made to expeditiously remove content produced by a terrorist group that incites people to commit violence. But the themes that drive this content can be used to redirect people to more positive paths The recent news that Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist is seeking lifelong anonymity has once again re-ignited the issue… Continue reading “Simply Removing All Extremist Content Won’t Stop Radicalisation”

Professor Cas Mudde’s 2018 European Populism Tour

Below are a selection of videos from Senior Fellow, Professor Cas Mudde’s, 2018 European Populism tour. This is the third (and last) time Professor Mudde has conducted such events, which this time involved 18 lectures, 15 media interviews and 9 roundtables and workshops. The tours are linked to the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award Professor Mudde… Continue reading “Professor Cas Mudde’s 2018 European Populism Tour”