Australian right wing extremist ideology: Exploring narratives of nostalgia and nemesis

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Australian Right Wing Extremism (RWE) ideology can be identified
by ethnocentric and structural discourses, with prominent
narratives of racial identification and threat articulation. This study
has examined nine RWE manifestos and collated statements of
Australian authorship, both historical and contemporary, to gain a
qualitative understanding of discourses, narratives and axiomatic
beliefs within the heterogeneous movement, in order to identify
the ideological contour of Australia’s extreme right. It found that
ethnocentric discourses assigned positive value to identity
narratives regarding white identity and heritage and seek to
proscribe the ideal society based on nostalgic and imagined
identity constructs. Societal narratives situate gender roles within
the ambit of a failing and degenerate society. Threat narratives
assigned negative values to designated out-groups, while
concurrently arguing white victimhood. Structural discourses
manifested to a lesser extent, demonstrating opposition to
political concepts like democracy and equality, and capitalist
economic systems. Ethnocentric and structural discourses
combine to elevate white identity, enforce notions of threat, and
romanticise a nostalgic and imagined existence to which
extremists seek a return
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-226
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2019

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