Event Date: 15 – 17 May 2019
Richmond University – The American University in London
Richmond TW10 6JP
A Century of Radical Right Extremism: New Approaches
Dr Ov Cristian Norocel (Université Libre de Bruxelles) – Who’s the Angry Snowflake? For an Intersectional Perspective in the Study of Radical Right Populism
From the US to the northernmost corners of Europe, radical right populism is making deep inroads into the mainstream political landscape. Despite a flourishing scholarship on the topic, to date there are few explanations concerning the intricate workings of radical right populist paradoxes: privileged white politicians (mainly men) proclaiming themselves the true voices of white working class (men and women) against the remote and corrupt elites that open the national borders to threatening migrant Other (men) and endanger the cultural (and racial) distinctiveness of their nation in the name of globalization. With this in mind, the present paper aims to bring identity politics in the study of radical right populism, and argues in favour of superordinate intersectionality as an analytical perspective to address these paradoxes in examining radical right populist discourses. Such an approach scrutinizes the interactions between several axes of difference and inequality: gender (masculinities); social class (elites); and race (whitenesses). These theoretical articulations are illustrated with examples from the US, as well as from Europe.