Conclusion: Making Sense of the Far-Right in Australia
How have the individual chapters in this book contributed to achieving the ambitious goal of making sense of the far-right in Australia? The concluding chapter attempts a synthesis by discussing key insights: first, Australia’s far-right is highly multifaceted, complex and volatile and encompasses groups with divergent goals and mobilisation strategies but also sharing common ideological ground, which justifies the use of the generic label of ‘far-right’. Second, Australia’s far-right is part of a broader transnational movement, but it also has significant country-specific characteristics. Third, while far-right mobilisation is rarely interested in a robust debate about changes, it treats their political opponents as an enemy and static target of ideological attacks. Fourth, online and offline activism of far-right groups are closely intertwined, but recent research focus on the online space has led to skewed focus on right-wing ideologies and underestimated the importance of social factors in the emergence of far-right groups in Australia.
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