Framing the ‘Us’: Identity Building in the Extreme Right

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:
Framing the ‘Us’: Identity Building in the Extreme Right

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In a cross-national and cross-group perspective, this chapter analyses the framing and protest events addressing, respectively, the definition of the ‘us’. Rituals and performances are important for consolidating the unity of the group. Moreover, the more aggressive and risky the actions, the more effectively they serve to divide the in-group from the outside. With regard to the cognitive aspect the definition of the self emerges as mainly oriented towards a nationalist type of identification, stressing the image of an heroic but stigmatized elite, with the self-appointed role of protecting some groups of the population against the perceived menace of the Others. Some differences in the presentation of the self can be noted, with a more widespread ethnic framing in the US, a nationalist one in Germany and additional references to socioeconomic issues in Italy.

Keywords: self-presentation; nationalism; ethnic framing; national differentiation

Chapter.  11398 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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