Universität Bielefeld

© Universität Bielefeld

Institute for
Interdisciplinary Research
on Conflict and Violence

Sociologial analysis of movement like right-wing extremism

Short description

The research project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and examines the changing of Right-Wing Extremism in Movements in selected social environments. In distinction from party right-wing extremism, which is aimed at taking over governmental power, Right-Wing Extremism in Movements focuses its action on non-parliamentary activities. It is understood as a process which is borne by agents and counter-agents, their space- and action-oriented strategies as well as their achievements and failures. Therefore Right-Wing Extremism in Movements is not seen as a homogenous movement but multiple and differentiated, partially competing trends are focused upon. In doing so the question arises under which conditions the change of Right-Wing Extremism in Movements is accelerating or decelerating, which conditions contribute to a homogenization or heterogenization and innovation and under which conditions Party Right-Wing Extremism and Right-Wing Extremism in Movements profit from each other or compete with each other. These questions are supposed to be focused upon with the help of qualitative research methods in four comparable selected social environments.


Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Heitmeyer

Manuela Freiheit
Dr. Peter Sitzer
Sylja Wandschneider

Funded by
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)