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Not a Monolithic Movement: The Diverse and Shifting Messaging of Australia’s Far-Right

  • Mario PeuckerEmail author
  • Debra Smith
  • Muhammad Iqbal
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Abstract

This chapter presents selected findings from a large multi-method study on the narratives and networks of far-right movements in Victoria, Australia. Drawing on a systematic analysis of the textual content of 12 far-right groups’ Facebook pages, it presents a heuristic typology differentiating between three clusters of far-right groups: anti-Islam, cultural superiority and racial superiority groups. The chapter offers empirical evidence on how certain mobilisation themes, present to a varying degree across all far-right groups, shift over time. While there was a consistent decrease in the prevalence of anti-Islam messaging between 2015 and 2017, issues around crime and violence as well as gender and sexuality have gained prominence in anti-Islam and cultural superiority type groups. This is also attributed to the way in which many far-right groups strategically respond to new discursive opportunities, afforded to them by heightened public discourses, for example, on same-sex marriage or alleged ‘gang crimes’ in Victoria.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable CitiesVictoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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