Right-wing extremism is an omnipresent subject in academia and the public sphere. However, what characterises right-wing extremism exactly? How does it come to the fore? How can its emergence be explained? How can it be successfully combatted?

This volume provides an overview of the current state of research into these questions and presents the main controversies in the field of social science research into right-wing extremism.

In doing so, the book depicts the ideology and history of right-wing extremism, the characteristics of its manifestations, such as parties, movements, in the media, music and on the Internet, and formulates an overall assessment of right-wing extremism today. Furthermore, it discusses approaches to explaining the interplay between the theory of extremism and 'middle-class extremism', authoritarianism, socialisation and gender, as well as the theorem of youth protests and theses on social movements and social disintegration.

This new edition of the book includes the latest developments, in particular those relating to parties and the 'New Right', which are supplemented with a European comparison.

Prof. Dr. Samuel Salzborn is a lecturer in politics and social science, and is currently a guest professor in anti-Semitism research at the 'Centre for Anti-Semitism Research' at the TU (University of Technology) in Berlin.