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Far-Right Contestation in Australia: Soldiers of Odin and True Blue Crew

  • Pamela NilanEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter critically considers two contrasting far-right groups in Australia: Soldiers of Odin and True Blue Crew. Both are stridently anti-Muslim. True Blue Crew members organise protests, incite racial intolerance and try hard to attract press coverage. Soldiers of Odin practice street vigilantism while dispersing food to the inner city homeless. Differences aside, both groups amplify claims of border incursion, immigrant crime waves, Islamist terror plots and domestic security weakness, all issues that have long generated political capital in Australia. Both groups recruit members and supporters primarily from disenchanted ‘anglo’ men. The exotic Norse mythology of Soldiers of Odin constitutes the main distinction between them, which means they target their online rhetoric differently to attract far-right supporters willing to take public action.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia

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