9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN31 Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 The European Right Building II, C5.09

Right-wing extremism among immigrant adolescents from the FSU in Israel and Germany

Enquiry after political attitudes and activities of immigrant adolescents from the FSU, and particularly after sympathies for right-wing extremist ideologies, is still below par. But one can find hints that
1. a small number of young Russian speaking immigrants both in Israel and Germany (the two countries under examination) develop right-wing extremist attitudes and join more or less organized openly extremist groups or political parties (i.e. Israel Beitenu or the NDPG),
2. these attitudes root at least partly in the early socialization of the adolescents back in the FSU,
3. the sympathizers in some cases draw their ideological foundations from their countries of origin or from their own migrant community i.e. via mass media or the Internet,
4. the extremist groups are in some cases influenced by current developments of nationalism and right-wing extremism in the Russian Federation and collaborate with groups located in Russia.
The situation at hand describes a new phenomenon insofar as to date pronounced right-wing extremism has been heard from the local majority and self-speaking excluded the migrating minority. Therefore, the paper aims at answering the following main questions: - What is the character of the"right-wing extremism" as it is portrayed by the interviewees? - How can the sympathy for right-wing extremist groups of those immigrant adolescents be explained by their biographies? - If they do exist, of which nature are the (ideological) connections with right-wing extremist organisations in other countries, with particular attention to the developments in the RF? - What are the experiences or relationships of those immigrants with local German neo-Nazis or Israeli right-wing extremists? - Which role does the presence or absence of other (minority) groups play in the process of pronunciation of right-wing extremism by the individuals under examination?
The paper presents first results of a comparative qualitative study.