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Another brick in the wall: The hateful other - neo-Nazis in school and teachers strategies for handling racism.

Conference contribution
Authors Christer Mattsson
Published in 2019 Nordic Conference on Violent Extremism in Aarhus
Publication year 2019
Published at Segerstedt Institute
Language en
Subject categories Educational Sciences, Sociology


Research has shown that a young person’s situation at school, and pupils’ relationships with their teachers, have a clear impact on the processes which lead to young people being radicalized. The present study is a retrospective study, based on interviews with former neo-Nazis and their teachers at the time when they became involved in neo-Nazi organizations or milieus. In order to better understand the logics of pedagogy and what their teachers’ decisions to intervene and to confront their extremist beliefs and lifestyles led to, we have zoomed in on two extensive case studies. The results show that teachers’ attempts to isolate these students, and thereby contain the “problem”, failed. Confrontations and strategies designed to discipline the students instead led to resistance and stigmatization. Reflecting upon this situation today, both students and teachers agree that these confrontational strategies fueled the radicalization process.

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