Special Issue "Extreme Horizons: Investigating the Contemporary Developments in Both Old and New Forms of Extremism"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 106

Special Issue Editor

Centre for Hate Studies, School of Criminology, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7QA, UK
Interests: Islamophobia; anti-Muslim hate; hate crime; social policy; equality; far-right; extremism; counter-extremism policy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue seeks to collate research on extremism, both old and new, in the contemporary setting, particularly focusing on the intersection of these two forms. Analyses of the circumstances that inspire new extremist ideologies, groups and movements that follow them, and the actions and activities these emerging groups are most likely to engage in are encouraged.

To date, most academic approaches to studying extremism have centred solely on the old forms of extremism. While these continue to be important, it is necessary to note that in recent years a multitude of new ideologies have begun to surface that are referred to as being extreme and/or extremist, such as AntiFa and Black Lives Matter. A more asymmetric pattern is observed in the increasing number of environmental groups choosing to engage in extreme (if not necessarily extremist) activities, such as Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil. The same is true of the incel extremism movements such as QAnon, conspiracy theorists and various others. In some parts of the world, groups and movements inspired by Hindutva or a radical form of Hindu nationalism are also growing.

More than ever, the contemporary landscape of extremism has become undoubtedly complex and challenging. Therefore, this Special Issue aims to improve the understanding of extremism by elucidating on the aforementioned phenomena.

Dr. Chris Allen
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • extremism
  • counter-extremism
  • environmentalism
  • far-right
  • radical right
  • extreme right wing
  • Islamist
  • Islamism
  • incel
  • conspiracy theories
  • QAnon

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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