Claire Burchett (KCL) - 2021-22 Students

Victimhood identity discourse and Secondary anti-Semitism: The impact of right-wing populist parties on far-right hate crime in France, Germany and Austria

My research will use approaches from sociology, history, linguistics, and political science for a comparative analysis of the victimhood identity and anti-establishment discourse of three right-wing populist parties: Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), Rassemblement National (RN) in France, and Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in Germany. I will examine how Holocaust denial and the parties’ resistance to official memory culture validates anti-Semitism among far-right extremists, and connect these findings to increasing anti-Semitic hate crime in all three countries. The scope will be from the 2000 Stockholm Forum to the present, noting the formation of AfD in 2013.

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