Fascist Radicalism and the New Media – Panel 1

Event Date: 17 September 2010
Sunley Management Centre, Park Campus, University of Northampton


Fascist Radicalism and the New Media – Panel 1


Panel 1: New Media and the Resurgent British Fascism (Chair Matthew Feldman)

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– Dr Paul Jackson, University of Northampton: 
‘The English Defence League and Far-Right Politics’

This presentation analyses the political dynamics of the English Defence League. Highlighting that the EDL holds several characteristics that distinguish it from Britain’s tradition of largely anti-Semitic far-right ideologies, it draws on the ideas of Hans George Betz. In particular, it uses Betz’ concept of nativism to highlight that the EDL’s ideology can be placed in a newer trend of far-right populism, typified by Gert Wilders and other contemporary European far-right populist ideologues and movements. The EDL combines this broad ideology with the structure of a social movement lacking a clear programmatic vision for change, and so focuses on direct action campaigns that often lead to public disorder.


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– Trevor Preston, University of Northampton: 
From Billboard to Broadband: Cyber-Terrorism and the Extreme Right Wing’
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– Benedict Addis, HP Labs: ‘Covert communities:
How the Internet Fosters Extremism
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questions:
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slides:
Dr. Paul Jackson: accompanying images

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Trevor Preston: accompanying images

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Benedict Addis: accompanying images
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