Radicalization and the Discourse of Race and Religion: A comparative Analysis of Extreme Right in Italy and Germany. Donatella della Porta Manuela Caiani Claudius Wagemann European University Institute Workshop Politicization & Radicalization 25-27 July 2008 VU University Amsterdam.
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Donatella della Porta
European University Institute
Workshop Politicization & Radicalization
25-27 July 2008
VU University Amsterdam
Basic Assumptions comparative Analysis of Extreme Right in Italy and Germany
Structural effects are mediated by the militants’ perception of the reality through which their political involvement develops.
The use of violence can be understood only within the context of an individual's political career, during which collective identities are built and transformed through collective processes.
In order to understand radical politics-as other forms of politics-it is therefore important to investigate individual and group understanding of the external reality, as well as their position in it.
How far extremist, especially right-wing extremist forces deal with the new focusing of the public discourse on the religious dimension? Or, more explicitly, to which extent are extreme right organizations in Italy and Germany ready and willing to exploit the new attention to religion by adapting their frames and re-orienting their action repertoires?
“is/ will/ should”
German (“Taz”) and Italian newspapers ( “La Repubblica”), Search strings
Type of action
Wounded, arrested, denounced activists
Targets of protest
Object of protest
Table 1: Broader issue fields comparative Analysis of Extreme Right in Italy and Germanytreated in the statements(percentage)
Table 2: Statements related to value issues
Table 4: Protest events related to value issues
Table 5: Statements (frames) and events related to specific immigration issues
Table 7: Statements (frames) and events related to historical and identity issues
Table 8: Actors related to anti-Semitism
Within this general category: 6.2% of events refer to ‘Jews’, or to specific ‘leading representatives of Jews’, or to ‘Israel’.