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The new xenologies of Europe: civil tensions and mythic pasts

Bhatt, Chetan ORCID: 0000-0002-4025-4203 (2012) The new xenologies of Europe: civil tensions and mythic pasts. Journal of Civil Society, 8 (3). pp. 307-326. ISSN 1744-8689

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17448689.2012.732456


This article explores transformations in the ideologies and political languages of two main European far-right tendencies: the ‘counterjihad movement’ and the European New Right (ENR). The ‘counterjihad movement’ emerged as a widespread, concerted series of anti-Muslim campaigns and activities across many European countries from the mid-2000s, and its ideas and activities are critically explored. The ideas of the ENR, a much older and mainly intellectual tendency, have re-emerged in significant ways in the activities and policies of several European far-right and populist parties. The two tendencies are very different in origin and ideology. However, considering them together can help understand the broader themes and shapes of the ‘new xenologies’ recently emergent in Europe, ones that have complicated associations with ‘racism’ and ‘fascism’. These areas are discussed within the broader context of an enduring political narrative of ‘European decline’ and an assertion of regional ‘ethnic’ identities against the project of European Union.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Sociology
LSE Human Rights
Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 12:00
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 17:51

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