Analyzing the Far-Right: The Dialectics between the Socio-Economic and  Psychological 




Description: This book draws on psychoanalytic theory (mainly Sigmund Freud) and early Frankfurt school critical theory (mainly Theodor. W. Adorno), to outline the interaction of economic and psychological factors that help explain why millions of people responded to the negative effects of precarity capitalism--growing isolation, alienation, and economic insecurity--by supporting the far right, as well as the extremist right, in the United States and Europe. It argues that the far and extremist right has exploited people’s anxieties and feelings of failure that are the result of their challenges to live up to classed, raced and gendered economic, interpersonal, and bodily "success" standards in capitalism. They experience such anxieties as feelings of non-wholeness around their subjectivities. The book examines those psychologically oriented techniques the far right uses which allow people to get rid of nagging feelings of failure and their anxieties, and instead feel themselves as “whole” subjects and satisfied with themselves again. At the same time, the objective conditions in precarity capitalism that generated their feelings of failure remain intact. Moreover, the same techniques that make the followers feel better about themselves also lift their inhibition of aggression against far and extremist right targets of hatred. In the United States, it examines the rise of Trump as an example of far-right politics, and the growing appeal of the Alt-Right as an example of extremist right politics. In Europe, it analyzes the electoral success of Austria's Freedom Party as an example of far-right politics, and the growing appeal of the Identitarian movement as an example of extremist right politics. 


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