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Methodological Choices in the Analysis of the Extreme Right: Research Design and Research Methods

della Porta and Caiani Wagemann

in Mobilizing on the Extreme Right

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641260
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738654 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641260.003.0002
Methodological Choices in the Analysis of the Extreme Right: Research Design and Research Methods

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The chapter illustrates our methodological choices for investigating the extreme right. It justifies the adoption of an empirical strategy of methodological triangulation that combines methods developed within social movement analysis and rarely applied to the extreme right. Social network analysis, frame analysis, and protest event analysis are used to shed light on different characteristics of the extremist right: frame analysis looks at the cognitive mechanisms that are relevant in influencing organizational and individual behaviour; network analysis looks at the (inter-) organizational structural characteristics of the right-wing organizations; and, finally, protest event analysis allows for an empirical survey of the actions undertaken by right-wing extremists over the last decade. Triangulation strategy allows therefore to identify different properties of the life of extremist groups.

Keywords: protest event analysis; frame analysis; social network analysis; triangulation; cognitive; structural and action mechanisms

Chapter.  7355 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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