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Conversations that Matter: The Extreme Gone Mainstream

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The Extreme Gone Mainstream

In this installment of the Conversations that Matter lecture series, Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Professor of Education and Sociology at American University and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR), will discuss her recent book The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany.

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The Extreme Gone Mainstream

The past decade has witnessed a steady increase in far right politics, social movements, and extremist violence. Scholars and policymakers have struggled to understand the causes and dynamics that have made the far right so appealing to so many people- in other words, that have made the extreme more mainstream. Educators, meanwhile, lack effective strategies for prevention, intervention, and de-radicalization. In this book, Cynthia Miller-Idriss examines how extremist ideologies have entered mainstream German culture through commercialized products and clothing laced with extremist, anti-Semitic, racist, and nationalist coded symbols and references.

Drawing on a unique digital archive of thousands of historical and contemporary images, as well as scores of interviews with young people and their teachers in two German vocational schools with histories of extremist youth presence, Miller-Idriss shows how this commercialization is part of a radical transformation happening today in German far right youth subculture. For anyone concerned about the global resurgence of the far right, this talk will reveal how style and aesthetic representation serve as one gateway into extremist scenes and subcultures by helping to strengthen racist and nationalist identification and by acting as conduits of resistance to mainstream society.




Cynthia Miller-Idriss

About Dr. Miller-Idriss:

Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Professor of Education and Sociology at the American University in Washington, DC, and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR). Her primary research areas are on the cultural dimensions of radical and extreme right youth subcultures and school-based responses to radical and extreme youth engagement, and on knowledge production and internationalization in higher education. Her most recent books are The Extreme Gone Mainstream: Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany (Princeton University Press, 2018) and Seeing the World: How US Universities Produce Knowledge about the World (with Mitchell Stevens and Seteney Shami, Princeton University Press, 2018). Miller-Idriss also writes frequently for mainstream audiences on issues of youth radicalization, nationalism, education, and parenting, most recently for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, and Fortune.

(photo credit: Kate Oczypok)



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