Racism: Old and New Forms?

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:
Racism: Old and New Forms?

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Chapter 8 analyses old and new forms of racism. Immigrants and foreigners are generally addressed by the extreme right organizations as central problems for the social welfare as well as the cultural integrity of the nation. Also as the traditional scapegoats of the radical right––Jews and blacks––continue to be the targets of violent deeds and words. Both hierarchical and differentialist discourses exist, but linked to different types of enemies. While Jews and Afro-Americans are targeted within a more traditional racist discourse, immigrants are especially targeted within an instrumental discourse that points at economic competition, within redistributive types of conflicts and with the use of differential racist frames. In a cross-national perspective, the discourse on immigration seems relatively more widespread in Europe than in the US, where the extreme right relies more on the traditional opposition between whites and blacks (category extended to include all non-whites).

Keywords: Racism; immigrants; immigration policy

Chapter.  8783 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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