Society & Culture
Volume 12: Right-Wing Extremism
Over the past few years we have experienced the notable reemergence of a white nationalist movement within the public sphere. From the Emanuel AME shooting to Charlottesville, VA and beyond, white nationalism seems to be undergoing a rebranding of sorts - moving out of the darkness of the internet and into the limelight of public discourse. While many political leaders continue to condemn activities of these so-called "alt-right" - or alternative right - groups, others have provided those who feel that they have been treated unfairly by years of social policy with a sense of legitimacy and authority for their grievances. Indeed, it is clear that while white nationalism has never fully gone away, it is perhaps more powerful and pervasive today than in recent memory.
In this week's episode, Derek has a chat with three experts working on various issues related to the emergence of the alt-right, reemergence of white supremacist hate groups, and political violence more generally. Guests of the show include Dr. Ryan Scrivens, a HORIZON Postdoctoral Fellow at Concordia University and expert in right-wing extremism online and in public, Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo who has published numerous articles and reports on engagement in and disengagement from extremist groups, and Bradley Galloway, former leader of BC's Volksfront skinhead organization who was part of the Canadian white supremacist movement for 13 years who is now studying criminology at the University of Fraser Valley. Brad is also the focus of a CBC documentary called "Skinhead," which traces the Canadian white nationalist movement over the past several decades. Special thanks to @UOIT @UOITCrim and the International Network for Hate Studies for putting on such a wonderful biennial conference for hate studies at which this episode was recorded. Please feel free to follow the network for more information!
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