Book launch, author discussion and Q-and-A on The Extreme Gone Mainstream . The past decade has witnessed a steady increase in far-right politics, social movements, and extremist violence in Europe. Scholars and policymakers have struggled to understand the causes and dynamics that have made the far right so appealing to so many people―in other words, that have made the extreme more mainstream.
In this book, American University associate professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss examines how extremist ideologies have entered mainstream German culture through commercialized products and clothing laced with extremist, anti-Semitic, racist, and nationalist coded symbols and references. Required reading for anyone concerned about the global resurgence of the far right, The Extreme Gone Mainstream reveals how style and aesthetic representation serve as one gateway into extremist scenes and subcultures by helping to strengthen racist and nationalist identification and by acting as conduits of resistance to mainstream society.
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of AU's International Training and Education Program and an expert on extremism, youth radicalization and violence, educational interventions, and the far right-wing. Her op-eds on extremism and hate in the United States have been featured in both The Washington Post and Fortune magazine.
4-6 p.m., Wed., Jan. 24
Mary Graydon Center 203/205, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW