Extremist Youth in Germany

Wolfgang Edelstein

in International Perspectives on Youth Conflict and Development

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178425
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199958528 | DOI:
Extremist Youth in Germany

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This chapter offers insights into the psycho-social processes that orient right-wing culture among youth in post-unification Germany. It describes historical processes that affect political and economic structures, family patterns, and related cultural orientations, and which shape the psychological states, especially of disenfranchised fathers, and in turn their children. Focusing on contemporary interactions of family dynamics and adolescent identity formation, the chapter identifies “anomie” as a behavioral attitude that constitutes a right-wing rebellion against prevailing social, moral, and political norms. It explains the problems of modernization in Western social experiences that can cause great damage to young people and to the ongoing development of the society.

Keywords: German youth; youth conflict; right-wing culture; family dynamics; adolescent identity; anomie; rebellion

Chapter.  6644 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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