Maximilian Kreter – The White Power Music (WPM) Scene and Right-Wing Terrorism (RWT): The Case of the National Socialist Underground (NSU)




Event Date: 15 – 17 May 2019
Richmond University – The American University in London
Queen’s Rd,
Richmond TW10 6JP

The Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right in partnership with Richmond, the American University in London presents:

A Century of Radical Right Extremism: New Approaches

Maximilian Kreter (Hannah Arendt Institute, University of Technology, Dresden) – The White Power Music (WPM) Scene and Right-Wing Terrorism (RWT): The Case of the National Socialist Underground (NSU)

This paper aims to analyze the functional relation between (the) White Power Music (scene) and Right-Wing Terrorism, using the example of the NSU (and therefore focusing on the German WPM scene). For this purpose the author uses an integrative tripartite approach, consisting of a social movement (e.g. Beck/Schoon 2017; Grumke 2008), a musicological (e.g. Brunner 2011; Riggenbach 2000) and a socio-pedagogical approach (e.g. Glaser/Schlimbach 2009; Möller/Schuhmacher 2007). The next step is the development of an analytic frame, derived from the three approaches that includes the social, political/ideological and economic functions of the WPM (scene) for RWT (This paper only analyzes the unidirectional relations WPM à RWT; the reciprocal relations would go far beyond the constraints of this paper). These functions constitute the analytical categories with regard to the following analysis. The data is taken from two sources: The first source are the parliamentary enquiry reports of the German Bundestag and the corresponding reports from the state parliaments. The second source is the transcript of the court proceedings of the NSU trial in Munich (Ramelsberger et al. 2018). For this investigation the author uses quantitative and qualitative content analysis. Due to the large amount of data, its manageability and to guarantee intersubjective traceability, the analysis will be conducted with MAXQDA. The results will show which functions (and subfunctions) (the) WPM (scene) had for the NSU and how important each single function was for the existence, actions and persistence of this particular terror cell. Finally this paper tries to estimate the position of the NSU within the extreme right movement and draw conclusions from this single case for the general relation between the WPM and RWT.



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