In this lecture Andrew explores the idea that when white nationalists refer to ‘their’ nation it is more of a religious concept than a political entity. By understanding the motivation behind racist constructs of identity through the idea of maintaining a distinct ‘sacred space’ it is argued that the apparent irrationality of far right views can be better understood as quasi-religious in nature. It is hoped that this understanding can be drawn upon to counter far right extremism more effectively.

Derby University Criminology and Social Sciences Dept