Racism, nationalism and right-wing extremism online: The Austrian Presidential Election 2016 on Facebook

Fuchs, Christian (2016) Racism, nationalism and right-wing extremism online: The Austrian Presidential Election 2016 on Facebook. Momentum Quarterly, 5 (3). pp. 172-196. ISSN 2226-5538

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Abstract

Thee 2016 Austrian presidential election saw a run-o between the Green party candidate Alexander Van der Bellen and the Freedom Party of Austria’s (FPÖ) far-right candidate Norbert Hofer. This paper asks: How did voters of Hofer express their support on Facebook? It presents the results of a qualitative ideology analysis of 6755 comments about the presidential election posted on the Facebook pages of FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache and FPÖ candidate Hofer. The results reveal insights into the contemporary political role of the online leadership ideology, online nationalism, new racism online, the friend/enemy-scheme online, and online militancy. Right-wing extremism 2.0 is a complex problem that stands in the context of contemporary crises and demagoguery.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Facebook, social media, new racism online, online nationalism, right-wing extremism online, Austrian presidential election 2016, Freedom Party of Austria, FPÖ, Alexander Van der Bellen, Norbert Hofer, Heinz-Christian Strache, ideology;
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
SWORD Depositor: repository@westminster.ac.uk
Depositing User: repository@westminster.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2016 09:08
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 09:08
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/17699

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