This research blog is a continuation of the research undertaken and presented in the fellow site, thekidsarealtright.wordpress.com. Written in late 2016, my previous work was an attempt to interact with, examine, study and assess the emerging online front loosely labelled the ‘alt-right’.
Though I suspected that support for Donald Trump in the US was underestimated, I had not expected the results of the election in 2016.
This research blog is intended as a re-examination of the alt-right, this time in a context of conservative political domination in the US. Moreover, through the examination of the so called French alt-right, I intend to both assess the spread of alt-right ideologies and methods as well as reassessing previous conclusions I have come to about the nature of the alt-right.
As well, in the period from my last publication, there has been an increase in academic attention granted to the alt-right. Included in this blog is a literature review, intended to evaluate a selection of academic works on the topic. Though still underrepresented in critical academia, there has been a great deal of work on the topic published in recent months. While every attempt has been made to survey this, the sheer volume of the works published necessitates that the literature review be relatively brief and limited to seminal works. As such, the review is far from comprehensive.
The alt-right, as I conclude, is diminishing in influence and scale but is still deserving of a great deal of academic attention. The nature, rapidity of spread and attention the culture received from the public and mainstream media alike indicates not only its strength, but also establishes the alt-right as a potentially dangerous institution in future political processes. It is only through understanding this current iteration of the alt-right that we will be able to predict and combat those in our near future.
So, without further delay, head straight up to menu at the top and begin navigating through the strange world of the alt-right.